Dr. Suzy Walton is a multi-sector board director with International Chair experience and expertise in corporate governance, regulation, health, science, education and human behaviour. She is qualified as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Director.
Dr. Suzy Walton - business leader, broadcaster and keynote speaker - sits on countless boards and is a Chartered Director and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Medicine
She has been a Senior Civil Servant at the head of government, including the Ministry of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She is also a mother of seven, managing to spectacularly balance her work and home life, making her an irresistible motivational speaker.
Her deep knowledge and varied experience makes her an expert on Corporate Governance – how organisations run, and how diversity is a key element of success. Her first Whitehall job was with the Ministry of Defence where Suzy had many classified roles. Rumour has it she is a trained interrogator. What IS known is that she has a PhD in Military Suicide. Moving into the Cabinet Office, with a job in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Suzy left government for the world of business in 2007 and became a Chartered Director. This is the highest level qualification in the UK in the skills and knowledge needed to run large and complex organisations. She has sat on over fifteen major boards.
She is currently on the boards of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Institute of Directors, Combat Stress and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA ) which is the global regulator for the accountancy profession. She is also a member of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) which has the powers to remove judges and other judicial roles from office. For the Royal Society of Medicine she serves as the Vice President from Autumn 2019. She also sits on Government’s Thriving at Work Leadership Council which aims to improve mental health in the workplace. Suzy recently completed six years as a member of the State Honours Committee which makes recommendations for honours to the Prime Minister and the Queen.
Suzy is the former Deputy Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts, the University of Westminster and the Internet Watch Foundation which seeks to eradicate child sexual abuse from the electronic world. She was also on the board at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
She has sat on the boards of HEFCE (the former regulator and funder of the university sector), the National Specialist Commissioning Group (a former body of the Department of Health with a budget of £5 billion for healthcare services for rare conditions), and the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners. She has also been on the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database in the Home Office and Government’s Science Advisory Council.
Suzy started out life as a West End actress and became producer, presenter and editor of her own travel programme on LBC Radio. She has also been a news producer at Sky News and a reporter for BBC Television. With an incredibly diverse career, she has spoken in many settings about her life and career.
Suzy is an expert at juggling complex responsibilities and achieving success in the face of significant barriers. Priding herself on her enviable work-life balance, in her motivational speeches Suzy inspires others to believe that with the right motivation and courage, anything can be achieved. She believes that everyone is capable of more than they think.
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