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Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng

The first member of her family to study at university, Dame Judith Hackett has built a high- profile career in which she has held top national positions in industry and the civil service.

A chemical engineering graduate of Imperial College in London, she spent 15 years moving through the ranks of Esso’s chemicals business. She then worked with an organic chemicals company before joining the Chemical Industries Association, going on to become its Director General. She subsequently worked for the association’s European counterpart organisation in Brussels. Dame Judith was appointed Chair of the Health and Safety Commission in 2007 and assumed the same role with successor body the Health and Safety Executive in 2009. She left HSE in 2016 and now has a portfolio career in which she chairs EEF, the Manufacturers Organisation, and SEMTA, the skills body for Engineering and Manufacturing. Dame Judith is also on the Board of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. She was made a CBE in 2006 for services to health and safety, and a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2016 for services to engineering and health and safety. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy the government announced an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, to ensure a robust regulatory system for the future and to ensure people feel safe in the buildings they live in. Dame Judith led this review – the final report was published May 2018.

BSc Eng, Chemical Engineering Imperial College

Chair of HSE



European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)




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