Former Pension Protection Fund (PPF) chairwoman Lady Barbara Judge has died aged 73 of pancreatic cancer.
Judge spent two terms as head of the PPF before stepping down from her role in June 2016. During her time at the fund, Judge called for the regulator to be given the power to block companies from closing deals that could harm pension scheme members.
Shortly after her departure from the PPF, she was appointed as chairwomen of auto-enrolment (AE) start-up Hibob. Following her appointment, she called for the removal of the choice for employees to opt out of AE.
She said the three key ways to make AE a success were for employees to work longer, save more and expect less from their pensions.
Along with her time in the pensions industry, Judge's career spanned a breadth of industries including law, banking, regulation, financial services and nuclear power, and she was an advocate for women's rights.
She was the first female director at News International and became the youngest commissioner at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 1980.
She has also held a number of roles in the nuclear industry, becoming a non-executive director director of the UK's Atomic Energy Authority in 2002 and its chairman in 2004.
In 2010 she was awarded a CBE for her services to the nuclear and financial services industries.
She was also the first female chairman of the Institute of Directors, a role she held from 2015 to 2018.
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