Judith Donovan CBE

Judith Donovan CBE founded her own marketing agency in 1982 after nine years as a graduate employee in marketing in both London and Yorkshire. She was one of the first female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire and was recognised as such with awards for ‘Yorkshire Business Woman of the Year’ and ‘Yorkshire Woman of the Year’; her business was twice featured in the Independent’s ‘100 Fastest Growing Companies’. In addition she chaired the Bradford Training and Enterprise Council, was the first ever female president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce and appeared on the panel of BBC’s ‘Question Time’ twice. In 2000 she sold JDA (£12.5 million t/o, 50 staff) to her managers and embarked a non–executive career, primarily in the Public and Third sectors, and currently is, amongst others, Chair at Eden Project Ltd and at Royal Mail’s Strategic Mailing Partnership. She has been a Millennium Commissioner, a Director of HSE and BIG Lottery Fund, Chair of Yorkshire Tourist Board and Vice Chair of Postwatch. She is an expert on and enthusiast for Direct Marketing and an accomplished public speaker on business issues.