Judy Wagner,FRSE is a British business leader, educator and executive search recruitment manager. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021 and is the co-founder and non-executive director of FWB Park Brown, an executive search company.
Wagner attended Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh and studied Accountancy at the University of Edinburgh. She became a chartered accountant and worked for EY before joining in 1993 with Scott Black and Willie Finlayson to found the company Finlayson Wagner Black, which was successful in head-hunting in the technology sector, building sales up to £1m in 2001/2 when there was an industry crash cutting 65% of their profits. Wagner diversified the organisation into construction and other traditional industries. She was described as a ‘thrill seeker’ in her personal hobbies and business life. Now she is a non-executive director, of what became FWB Park Brown, with branches in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London, recruiting senior executives and non-executives, internationally, and she is also involved in two angel investment organisations. Her work life also involves education and charity board trusteeships.
Wagner established with Susan Murray, the Executive Women’s Leadership Programme, the first of these in Scotland, and one of three in the UK, which won the 2017 award from the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce for gender balance and with John Amis, the Non-Executive Directors Programme, within the University of Edinburgh Business School, where she sits on the International Advisory Board. Wagner also acts as a mentor for early stage entrepreneurs, with the Biocity organisation, now WAPG (We Are Pioneer Group).