Judith Macgregor

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Dame Judith Macgregor
Judith Macgregor photo
Born (1952-06-17) 17 June 1952 (age 65)
Nationality British
Occupation Diplomat

Dame Judith Anne Macgregor DCMG LVO (née Brown; born 17 June 1952) is a British diplomat who was recently High Commissioner to South Africa.


Macgregor was educated at St Saviour's and St Olave's Church of England School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976 and served at Belgrade, Prague and Paris, besides posts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), before being appointed ambassador to Slovakia 2004–07. She was Migration Director at the FCO 2007–09, ambassador to Mexico 2009–13, and High Commissioner to South Africa from October 2013 to March 2017.[1]

Macgregor was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1992 on the occasion of a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Paris, where Macgregor was First Secretary.[2] She was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2012 New Year Honours[3] and Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2016 New Year Honours.[4]


Macgregor is married to John Macgregor, a retired British ambassador. They have three sons and a daughter.


  1. ^ Change of British High Commissioner to South Africa, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 23 July 2013
  2. ^ "No. 52977". The London Gazette. 30 June 1992. p. 10977. 
  3. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N4. 


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ric Todd
British Ambassador to Slovakia
Succeeded by
Michael Roberts
Preceded by
Giles Paxman
British Ambassador to Mexico
Succeeded by
Duncan Taylor
Preceded by
Dame Nicola Brewer
British High Commissioner to South Africa