Frank Ashcroft Judd has been a member of Friends of the Lake District for over 20 years and was President between 2005 and 2012. He was born in Sutton, Surrey, on 28 March 1935, and was educated at the City of London School and the London School of Economics. He married Christine Elizabeth Willington in 1961.

He joined the Labour Party at 15, influenced by his father’s internationalism and his mother’s Labour activism. After unsuccessfully contesting Sutton and Cheam in 1959 and Portsmouth West in 1964, he was elected for Portsmouth West in 1966, which he held until 1974. Afterwards he represented Portsmouth North until he was defeated in 1979 by the Conservative Peter Griffiths.

During his time in the House of Commons he served on the opposition’s front bench defence team (1972-1974), was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Royal Navy (1974-76), Minister of Overseas Development (1976-79) and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1977-79). After he left the Commons he became Director of Oxfam from 1985 to 1991. He was made a life peer as the Baron Judd of Portsea in 1991.