CULS is very sorry to have to report news of the death of Paul Judge, who was for many years an Honorary-Vice President of the Society.
Sir Paul Rupert Judge was born 25th April 1949 in London, and was educated at St Dunstan’s College. From there, he went on an open scholarship to Trinity College, University of Cambridge, followed by an MBA at the Wharton School for business at the University of Pennsylvania, as a Thouron Fellow.
He began his career with Cadbury Schweppes rising all the way to group deputy finance director by the age of 28, in 1978. In 1986 he led the management buyout of Cadbury Schweppes for £97 million creating Premier Brands. Premier Brands became a success, and four years later was sold for £310 million.
This enabled him to donate £8 million to the University of Cambridge to fund the creation of the Judge Institute for Management Studies, now known as the Judge Business School. It is now one of the top 5 business schools in the world, and today has 80 academic staff and more than 400 students.
From 1992-1995, Sir Paul became the Director General of the Conservative Party for three years and improved the party’s financial situation reducing its overdraft from £19 million to around £2 million. Sir Paul also sat on many advisory boards both educational, and economic in a range of international institutions.
He was elected as Alderman of the City of London in 2007. He was a Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors as well as the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, and Court Assistant to the Company of Educators. He was also the Foundation Master of the Guild of Entrepreneurs, which visited Serbia in 2016. Sir Paul was the Aldermanic Sheriff of the City of London for 2013-14. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Marketing Society as well as a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He was awarded an honourary doctorates from the University of Cambridge, City University, and the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Sir Paul was appointed Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996 for his public and political activities.
He passed away 21st May 2017 after a short illness, and is survived by his widow Lady Barbara, and their two sons Christopher, and Michael.