Judith qualified as nurse in 1965 at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington going on to specialise in early pioneering Renal Transplants. Judith married and moved to Guildford where she worked for a busy GP practice. After a short break following the death of her husband, Judith returned to work as Senior Practice Nurse at a local GP practice and established several nurse lead clinics for children’s immunisations, wound care, phlebotomy and the Guts Bowel Screening programme led by Professor Marks of the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH).
Dr Topham’s Research Charity (now known as BRIGHT) was established in 1997 by Dr Clare Topham, Consultant Oncologist for Gastro Intestinal cancers at St Luke’s Hospital. The charity financially supported the first Gastrointestinal (GI) Clinical Trials Unit at St Luke’s Cancer Centre, RSCH. Due to her keen interest in prevention and treatment of bowel cancers, Judith was recruited by Dr Clare Topham to head up a clinical trials research unit to investigate new drugs and antibody treatments to improve outcomes and quality of life for GI patients.
Judith retired after 10 years from St Luke’s Cancer Centre, but has continued to fully support BRIGHT, which has since merged with the Liver Cancer Surgery Appeal (LCSA) to expand its work to improve treatments and outcomes for both GI and Hepato-Pancreato-Bilary (HPB) patients at RSCH.
Judith is currently a public Govenor at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital where she has served for 8 years and is the Chair of the Organ Donation committee at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital.