Dr Suzy Walton PhD is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Director. She has a large portfolio of board roles and over a decade’s experience in central government. She has also been a West End actress, a news reporter for Sky News and a presenter for BBC Television. She also had her own travel programme – Time Off, for over three years on LBC Radio. Suzy also has six children.
"Suzy gave a keynote address at a London event of the 30% Club. She spoke about how “you don’t always have to have a plan to succeed.” She shared how she came to prominence in a number of professions – not through setting a strategy – but rather through a series of ‘lucky escapes’. Where one door closed another opened and Suzy exploited it. Our audience very much enjoyed Suzy’s keynote and took away a lot of learning. Suzy was engaging, humorous and brutally honest. I can honestly say I’ve never before introduced someone where my opening line is “between us we have 15 children!""
Helena Morrissey, CEO Newton Investment Management and founder of the 30% Club
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Dr Suzy Walton, a social scientist by background, has sat on over a dozen boards of large organisations both in the UK and internationally. She is currently on the board of the Institute of Directors and also the Royal Society of Medicine serving as Vice President from Autumn 2019. She’s also at the ‘top table’ at ACCA which is the worldwide regulator for the accountancy profession and she’s on the board of Combat Stress which runs hospitals for veterans with PTSD. Suzy is on the disciplinary panel of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office which has the powers to remove judges from office. She’s also a former member of the State Honours Committee which makes recommendations for awards to the Prime Minister and the Queen.
Suzy is the former Deputy Chairman of the London based think-tank the Royal Society of Arts, the University of Westminster and the Internet Watch Foundation. The latter is an organisation charged with eradicating child sexual abuse from the electronic world. Suzy has also been on the board of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, HEFCE (the university regulator) and the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners. She was a member of Government’s Science Advisory Council and the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database in the Home Office where she made an important contribution to frontline policing in terms of how children are treated when DNA samples are taken.
Suzy has also made complex decisions involving healthcare funding when she was a member of the Department of Health’s National Specialist Commissioning Group. This body had an annual budget of £5 billion for setting up services for rare conditions.
Suzy had a long career in central government as a Senior Civil Servant. She was a military psychologist in the Ministry of Defence (from where she gained a PhD) and the Cabinet Office. For a number of years she was in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
In Suzy’s early career she was an actress in the West End. She had a leading role for three and a half years in the award winning play 'Children of a Lesser God'. She also worked as a producer presenter and editor for LBC Radio, Sky News and BBC Television. Suzy has 6 children and her ability to combine a full time career with bringing up a large family makes her a powerful role model.
“Suzy delivered a powerful and thought-provoking speech showing that anything is possible if you have courage – an excellent addition to any event programme.”
R. Leach, North West Ambulance Service 2018
“Suzy was Chair for the inaugural event in London of the KPMG forum Women in Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence. We had an international audience across government, the military and industry including guests from the U.S. Air Force and the Pentagon. Suzy chaired the event skilfully including sharing her own reflections on key issues in relation to women in leadership.”
Jonathon Gill, Partner, KPMG 2016
"Suzy spoke at our Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall as well as chairing a panel of global business leaders. With an audience of two thousand it’s challenging for any speaker. Suzy handled her session with flair and panache. Suzy also spoke at our Women in Business conference in Pall Mall. She gave a compelling outline of her career and the “lucky escapes” which led to her extraordinary success as a director. I know many of those attending found Suzy’s talk to be exceptionally motivating. On both occasions she was terrific."
Simon Walker, Director General, Institute of Directors 2015
"Suzy was an inspirational voice at a major conference we ran. Her openness and experience make her an articulate role model for women in leadership and those aspiring to be leaders. She was also very approachable, spending time with our delegates, speakers and staff, and being a guest blogger on our website. This is a valuable combination: a member of the boardroom who remembers what it takes to build your career."
Women Conference, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster 2015
“Suzy hosted an inspiring session entitled ‘Overcoming Challenges and Building Resilience’ drawing extensively on her own remarkable experiences and insight. We found her incredibly open and approachable. A very enjoyable and unique session.”
Sue Wilson, The Bank of England, 2014
"Many thanks for last night. Everyone was impressed by your positive attitude and your determination to succeed: this kind of role-modelling is so important to give people the courage to make the most of their lives and to overcome things that can get in the way. Female role models such as yourself are very important to help us become more equal and more inclusive – particularly at senior levels."
A. J. Walker, House of Commons 2013