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Dame Judith Macgregor DCMG LVO

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Dame Judith Macgregor

Dame Judith Macgregor was British High Commissioner to South Africa from September 2013 until March 2017 when she retired from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

After graduating from Oxford (LMH) with a first class degree in Modern History, and a year in Romania as a British Council scholar, she entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in former Yugoslavia, and later as First Secretary in Prague and Paris. In her early years in the FCO, she held various posts dealing with Poland, Western Europe, and as the Secretary of State's speechwriter.

After accompanying her husband while he was Director General for Trade Promotion in Germany and Ambassador to Poland, she resumed her career as FCO Director for Security Policy  in 2000, and then as Ambassador to Slovakia (2004-6). She was appointed FCO Director for Migration in 2007, and then Ambassador to Mexico in 2009, for which she was awarded the CMG.

Dame Judith has been President of the FCO Women's Association since 2006, overseeing a significant increase in the number of FCO women in the senior grades. She has also been the overseas representative on the Whitehall ministerial Newton Committee guiding the funding of Science and Research funding with Emerging Powers

Since 2012, she has been a member of the Advisory Group to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL.

Dame Judith's interests include reading, walking, and gardening. She and Mr Macgregor have a daughter and three sons.

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