Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health, University College London
Healthcare Category Award Winner 2015
Often the work that women do for healthcare goes unrecognised, particularly in the field of disease prevention. Many of the amazing women I work with also do a huge amount in supporting their female colleagues. In nurturing and rewarding female talent, Women in the City provides a beacon of recognition for womens’ achievements in healthcare which I am truly delighted to hold for the next year.”
Judith is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health and Head of Department at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London (UCL). She completed her medical training at Oxford University and UCL Medical School and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
She holds the only clinical academic chair in England for contraceptive research, was awarded coveted Senior Investigator status by the National Institute of Health Research in 2014 and is the first female Programme Director of UCLPartners, the UK’s leading Academic Health Science Network. This year she was one of three finalists for the prestigious post of Director of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Judith and her team have received numerous awards for outstanding research that has impacted health policy and changed clinical practice. She developed a life course approach to improve women’s health that was adopted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and is now informing UN and WHO policy in Europe and central Asia.
She is increasingly focused on supporting women’s career development and exploring the wider issues affecting women’s health through public engagement. She is married with two daughters and two sons.