British High Commissioner to South Africa

Judith Macgregor CMG, LVO


Judith Macgregor was British Ambassador to Mexico from October 2009 to June 2013. She was appointed High Commissioner to South Africa and arrived at post on 2 October 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.

British High Commissioner to South Africa

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Mexico

    • 2009 to 2013


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  1. High Commissioner Judith Macgregor receives the Youth Communique

    • 10 June 2014
    • Speech
  2. Model UN debate on preventing sexual violence in conflict

    • 29 May 2014
    • Speech
  3. South Africa launches its carbon calculator

    • 26 March 2014
    • Speech
  4. High Commissioner presents her credentials in Lesotho

    • 20 March 2014
    • Speech
  5. High Commissioner to South Africa spoke at SAIIA G20 conference on trade, tax and transparency

    • 4 December 2013
    • Speech