Lady Judge, chair of the Institute of Directors, aims to take her governance campaign to the global stage…
Being the Institute of Directors’ first female chair, Lady Judge is no stranger to firsts. Now, the trained commercial lawyer with both British and American citizenship has spoken of the significance of being asked to take her governance campaign to Japanese group Lixil.
Lady Judge and governance
“The fact that they asked a foreign woman was very important to me because it showed that they were very outward looking and they had an ambition to take the company strategy global,” she told the FT. “I hope to be able to assist Lixil on its journey towards having the highest and best governance.”
Lady Judge – who has previously spoken of Britain’s key role in “providing leadership in corporate governance throughout the world”, will be a key speaker at the annual IoD Conference, which takes place at the Albert Hall, London, on Tuesday 6th October and features a special focus on ‘Taking Business Beyond Boundaries’.
The Annual Convention
Other speakers already announced include CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former foreign secretary, David Miliband; explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes; fashion designer and entrepreneur, Anya Hindmarch; CEO of the National Health Service Simon Stevens; Google’s European boss Matt Brittin; and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Panellists, meanwhile, include TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, John Lewis chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield and MAE Systems chairman Sir Roger Carr, while Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa, will occupy the chair. Political heavyweights Nigel Lawson and Peter Mandelson will also go toe-to-toe in a live debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union.