Judy completed a BA (Hons) in Finance and Accounting at the University of East London. She then worked as a trainee accountant at an international freight forwarders, and then completed her examinations, qualifying as an ACCA accountant in 1996. She then worked for 14 years in various roles for The Emcor group, (which was a major contractor in the construction industry, and managed facilities services for clients including British Airways). Since moving to Sussex, Judy has worked in a number of contract accountant roles, including working for a publishing and events organisation and the Audit commission. Most recently she worked as Finance Manager for a charity in Eastbourne, where her work included responsibility for managing grants, legacies and fundraising.