Deputy Director for Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption, Department for International Development (DFID), UK
Board Member Type: 
Supporting Countries

Judith Herbertson joined the Department for International Development in 2003 after a first career in teaching and school management in the UK. She has worked in London on financial and corporate reporting, on the first Multilateral Aid Review, and as Private Secretary to one of the department’s Ministers who had oversight of DFID’s work in Asia and with the UN. 

She has had overseas postings to Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Pakistan across which she led variously on our governance, human development, justice, and conflict reduction portfolios.  She has also spent a year in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office working on Somalia. 

She now heads up the Governance, Open Societies, and Anti-Corruption Department – based in the DFID office in East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow. Her current department leads on DFID’s engagement with the extractive industries, as well as all broader work on anti-corruption, transparency and accountability, and partnerships with counterparts in developing countries on issues relating to governance. It also leads on DFID’s contribution to SDG16 – building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.