Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

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30th March 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Celebrating three great English exports in 2015

In 2015, England marks two major anniversaries. It will be 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed and 750 years since the formation of the first English parliament. Anyone who is interested in seeing the document that has been described as England’s greatest export need only visit the British Library, where not one but two […]

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26th March 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

UKinSouthAfrica hosted a GREAT Britain zone at SciFest Africa 2015

Last week had a distinctly technical flavour for me, with the arrival of Professor Robin Grimes, the Foreign Secretary’s Chief Scientific Adviser making his second official visit to South Africa. Prof Grimes gave a lecture in Pretoria hosted by the National Science and Technology Forum on the UK’s Nuclear Energy Vision to a packed room of scientists, journalists and officials(recordings available). […]

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3rd March 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Today’s friends, tomorrow’s leaders…

Guest Blogger: Patrice Madurai As my season at university draws to an end, I have found myself being more deliberate, more present. In South Africa I am part of the “one percent” which is by and large a minority that has had the honour and privilege of receiving tertiary education. I’ve always dreamed of being successful […]

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30th January 2015 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Climate change: calculating the risk – and opportunity

British High Commissioner Judith Macgregor (far left) at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to present findings of a pilot carbon offset trade funded by the UK Prosperity Fund.

This week the UK Government launched the Global Calculator, a free and interactive website that allows anyone to test out different solutions to climate change and find out what it really takes to stop global warming. Climate change often feels like such a massive and nebulous problem, and so for me it has been fascinating […]

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6th November 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Supporting Women of the future

Supporting women’s progression both in the Diplomatic Service and outside has long been a passion of mine. A flying visit to the UK last week with South African Ministers allowed me to do both – and with really satisfying results. The project began with an invitation to select some young South African businesswomen for the […]

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16th October 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Tackling Global Inequalities

Today has been labelled ‘Blog Action Day: Let’s Talk About Inequality.’ To mark this occasion I wanted to share some thoughts on what the UK is doing to promote women’s rights and to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.   The promotion and protection of women’s rights is more than a moral obligation.  […]

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14th April 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

100 days to go to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Martin and family

Guest Blogger Deputy High Commissioner Martin Reynolds: Today is the last major milestone to the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on 23 July 2014.  Its only 100 days to go before Scotland opens its arms to the Commonwealth with the start of one of the most impressive sporting festivals in the world.  By that […]

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20th March 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Marking South Africa’s Human Rights Day

Friday 21 March is South Africa’s Human Rights day. It commemorates the Sharpeville massacre on 21 March 1960, when 69 people died and 180 were wounded after the police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest against the restrictive pass laws imposed on non-white citizens. The protest was a stand by ordinary […]

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7th February 2014 Pretoria, South Africa

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

The Queen's baton relay in Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa – In a week!

South Africa is never dull but this last week and the week to follow will test both the physical and mental stamina of the UK Family here. We kicked off on Wednesday with a youth engagement event at the High Commission to encourage support and interest in next week’s International Conference in London against Illegal […]

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10th December 2012

by Judith Macgregor

British High Commissioner to South Africa

Combating sexual violence in conflict

Through the UK’s Presidency of the G8 in 2013, we’ll be launching a sustained campaign to build a global partnership to prevent sexual violence in conflict. Read more about our global campaign to highlight issues around sexual violence in conflict

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About Judith Macgregor

Judith Macgregor has been appointed British High Commissioner to South Africa. She arrived at the post on 2 October, 2013.
She was British Ambassador to Mexico from October 2009 to June 2013.
She joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1976, after
graduating from Oxford University with a first class Honours Degree in
Modern History. She has served as First Secretary in Paris and Prague;
Deputy Director of Department for Western Europe and Head of the FCO’s
Security Department. She was also Migration Director from 2007 to 2009.
Mexico is not the first time she has served as an Ambassador. She was
British Ambassador in Bratislava from 2004 to 2007. Between 1995 and
2000, she accompanied her husband during his diplomatic posts in
Dusseldorf and Warsaw.
Judith Macgregor is President of the  Foreign & Commonwealth
Office Women’s Association. She is married to John Malcolm Macgregor,
CVO and has four children.

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