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Judith Worthington


Council member Judith WorthingtonJudith Worthington is a former non-executive director and vice chair of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and now chairs its consultant appointment panels. She has extensive governance experience in profession regulation as a former lay member of the Council for Healthcare Regulation (now the Professional Standards Authority), the General Medical Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Chiropractic Council.

Judith is a former chair of GMC fitness to practise panels and chaired the Professional Conduct Committee at the general Osteopathic Council. She led the establishment of and chaired the student fitness to practice committee at the University of Leicester Medical School. 

Judith is now a member of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Committee, the board responsible for the fitness to practice function for doctors. She chairs the Strategic Risk Committee at CILEX Regulation and is an independent member of the Bar Standards Board's Governance, Risk and Audit committee.

Judith has a particular interest in individual and team performance and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons invited review team and participates in individual assessments of the performance of doctors, dentists and pharmacists for NHS Resolution.

She is a member of the board of the AECC University College, a small higher education institute specialising in healthcare education and chairs its audit committee.

Judith is a magistrate and was court chair of the adult courts and family proceedings panels in Leicester and Leicestershire. Her professional background is in Human Resources, education and training.

Council Member category

  • Appointed lay member: 2018 - 2025

Committee membership

  • Finance and Resources
  • PIC DC Liaison Committee

Declaration of interests


  • Member, Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service Committee
  • Board member and chair of audit committee, AECC University College
  • Director and member of audit committee, Rutland First Community Interest Company

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Abcam
  • Hilton Food Group plc



Appointments to other bodies


Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



Professional background as teacher and lecturer in Chemistry and Physics and various roles in education and training, examining and inspection.

1996 – 2000 Non-executive director, Leicester General Hospital, 2000-2009 Non-executive director, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, 2004 - 2008 vice chairman.

1997 – 2000 Training and Development Manager, Human Resources Department, British Red Cross.

1997 – 2004 Lay member of Judicial Appointments Panel, Department for Constitutional Affairs.

2000 – 2007 Lay reviewer, Healthcare Commission (now CQC).

2002 – 2003 Lay member, General Medical Council. 2003 – 2012 Chair of fitness to practise panels. 2013 – 2021 Member of Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Committee. 2004 – 2013 Lay member of Council, General Chiropractic Council. 2009 – 2017 Chair of professional conduct committee, General Osteopathic Council. 2006 – 2010.Deputy chair of the Investigating committee, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. 2009 – 2016 Lay member, General Pharmaceutical Council.

2008 – 2014 Lay member of professional conduct committee, 2012 – 2018 Independent member, Governance, Risk and Audit Committee, Bar Standards Board.

2010 – 2016 Lay Member of investigating committee, Taxation Disciplinary Board.  

2010 – 2014 Lay member of appeals panels, CIMA and CIFPA.

2012 – 2019 Member of the Board of Governors, AECC University College.

2015 – 2020 Member and chair of strategic risk committee, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx Regulation).

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

B.Sc. Special Hons. Chemistry Degree with ancillary Physics and Mathematics, Queen Mary College, University of London.

D32/33 Training and Development Lead Body Assessor and Accredited Assessor Trainer, Training and Development Lead Body, RSA.

Diploma in Child Protection, King’s College London and The London School of Economics)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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