Welcome to the home page of Dr Suzy Walton
Suzy Walton has sat on the board of many organisations and in many different sectors. She is also a mother of six children. This unique combination makes her a powerful motivational speaker. She has spoken in many settings about being the only women in the UK to have been a West End actress, a government scientist and a board director while simultaneously raising a large family. In recent years Suzy has spoken at the Bank of England, the House of Commons and the Annual Convention of the Institute of Directors at the Royal Albert Hall as well as in numerous schools and businesses.
Suzy is the Deputy Chairman of the London based think tank the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). She is also on the board of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which is the global regulator for accountants. She also sits on the board of Combat Stress which runs a chain of hospitals for war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and she also chairs the organisations’s Medical Services Committee. She also sits on government’s State Honours Committee which makes honours recommendations to the Prime Minister and the Queen and she is on the disciplinary panel for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.
Suzy was previously Deputy Chairman of the Internet Watch Foundation which regulates the internet against child sexual abuse and until 2014 she was Deputy Chairman of the University of Westminster. She has held many other board roles including Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which is the regulator and funder for universities.
For over a decade Suzy was a Senior Civil Servant in Central Government. For a number of years she was in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She was also in the Ministry of Defence and she was awarded a PhD degree for her research on suicide in the military.
Suzy had earlier careers as a producer, editor and presenter for Sky News, the BBC and LBC Radio. She was also a West End actress playing a leading role for three years in the award winning play “Children of a Lesser God.” In 2014 Suzy was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Westminster.