Testimonials & Comments

“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


“Thank you very much for coming to the University of Hertfordshire to talk to us. I genuinely felt moved and absolutely inspired by your life and work. You have made my experience on the programme so much more valuable and I hope to have an ounce of the strength you have going forward.”

LB, Marketing Undergraduate, University of Hertfordshire 2017


“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 again at our Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall. As before – she was a phenomenal success!”
Simon Walker, Director General, Institute of Directors (IoD) 2015


IoD 2015 convention video (9 minutes – Suzy Walton interviewing Simon Stevens)


“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 2015


“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 (IoD) 2014


IoD 2014 convention video: opening segment (short – 22 seconds)

IoD 2014 convention video: (full version – 25 minutes)


“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, Chair Diversity and Inclusion, a City Bank 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 CPFA FCIPD, Director General HR & Change, House of Commons 2013


“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.”

Ruth Wilson, Director, GetSet Women Conference, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London 2010


“Suzy talked to our women’s network about the barriers she’d overcome in her various careers and on body language techniques that anybody can use. We found the talk ‘Climbing the Glass Cliff’ inspirational and at the end she had everyone in the room using the techniques in a simulated briefing to 400 bagpipe players – a memorable day!”
Sarah Bryant, Senior Executive, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham 2008


“Many thanks for the session. You were truly a hit. The impact you had was one of awe – for what you had achieved, the amount you had crammed into your life and that you were still human!”
Janet Waters and Pauline Dixon, National School of Government 2004


“Thank you so much for coming. The sensitive and analytical way in which you presented gave the girls an extremely clear view of the ways they could improve. Your coverage of technique, public speaking, the cut and thrust of debate etc were all excellent in providing the girls with feedback. To have someone who has achieved so much provides an awe-inspiring role model to have someone who has managed to combine a variety of roles with being a mother of three gives the girls an excellent example of what they too can achieve.”
Dr Yvonne Burne, Headmistress, City of London School for Girls 2004


“A high-flying civil servant, Suzy  overcame many of the barriers that prevent working mothers getting to the top.”
The Guardian 2008


Articles in National Press

Suzy as the face of the IoD, Summer 2012


“Having it All”IoD News, July/August 2010. A piece about Suzy’s achievements


“A tough test for would-be directors” (.pdf); Financial Times, May 2008. A piece featuring Suzy upon her achievement of Chartered Director status


“Out of the Darkness”; Guardian, January 2008. A piece about Suzy’s struggle to combine widowhood with a career in central government


“How to have it all, the Whitehall way”; Daily Telegraph, January 2004. A piece about Suzy, her various careers and motherhood