Welcome to the home page of Dr Suzy Walton
Suzy Walton is a multi-sector Board Director with international Chair experience. She has expertise in corporate governance, regulation, health, science, education and human behaviour. She is qualified as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Director.
She had an Executive career as a Senior Civil Servant in central government serving in the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Department of Trade and Industry. She obtained a PhD from classified MoD research.
Suzy had earlier careers as a producer, presenter and editor 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 Degree from the University of Westminster. She is also the proud mother of seven children.
Suzy’s experience in the arts and sciences, with careers in both Whitehall and the West End, combined with raising a large family makes her a popular motivational speaker. She has spoken in many settings including the House of Commons, Chatham House, the 30% Club, the IoD’s convention at the Royal Albert Hall and the Bank of England as well as in schools and businesses. During the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 she interviewed Sir John Scarlett, the former head of MI6, in a live webcast for the Royal Society of Medicine.
“Suzy gave a talk in London at the 30% Club. She believes you don’t always need a plan to succeed. She shared how she came to prominence in a number of professions – not through setting a strategy – but through a series of ‘lucky escapes’. Where one door closed another opened and Suzy exploited it. Our audience loved Suzy’s keynote. She was engaging, humorous and brutally honest. I’ve never before introduced someone where my opening line is “between us we have 15 children…..!”
“Suzy spoke at our Convention at the Royal Albert Hall and chaired a panel of global business leaders. With an audience of two thousand it’s challenging for any speaker. Suzy handled it with flair and panache. Suzy also spoke at our Women in Business conference in Pall Mall. Many found Suzy’s talk to be exceptionally motivating. On both occasions she was terrific.”
“A high-flying civil servant, Suzy overcame many of the barriers that prevent working mothers getting to the top.”
Selection of Dr Suzy Walton’s videos
- Royal Society of Medicine 2020
- IoD Convention, Royal Albert Hall 2015
- IoD Convention Video 2014 (short)
- IoD Convention Video 2014 (full)
Suzy Walton live broadcast interview with Sir John Scarlett, former head of MI6 (30 minutes)
Suzy Walton interviewing Simon Stevens (9 minutes)
Suzy Walton chairing governance panel (opening segment 22 seconds)
Suzy Walton chairing governance panel (full version 25 minutes)