Suzy Walton Speaker

Suzy Walton

Inspirational board director, corporate governance expert, broadcaster and mother of seven

With a career reaching from the West End to Whitehall and boardrooms beyond, Suzy frequently speaks publicly about her life.

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Suzy Walton's 2022 biography

Suzy Walton’s background

Suzy, who has 7 children including a boy born at the start of the covid pandemic, was originally a West End actress. She played the juvenile lead of Lydia a young deaf girl in the award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God.” She then had a career as a broadcast journalist working as a presenter for BBC Television and a reporter for Sky News. For several years she had her own travel show – Time Off on LBC Radio. Never shirking a challenge, Suzy was producer, presenter and editor for the show.

Suzy then embarked on an academic career and obtained two science degrees before becoming a Senior Civil Servant. She worked in the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. During this period Suzy also obtained a PhD degree for classified military research.

Over the last decade, Suzy has sat on the boards of over 15 major organisations and Government committees.

She currently sits on the board of the Institute of Directors for whom she also chairs the Accreditation and Standards Committee. She is a Vice-President of Combat Stress which treats veterans with PTSD, and for the Ministry of Justice she sits on the disciplinary panel that hears cases involving judges and other office holders. She is also a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel which advises the Secretary of State for Health on service changes.

She is the former Vice-President of the Royal Society of Medicine, and the former Deputy Chair of the Royal Society of Arts, the University of Westminster and the Internet Watch Foundation. The latter is an organisation that seeks to eradicate child sexual abuse from the internet. She has also sat on the boards of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and ACCA which is the global regulator for the accountancy profession. For ACCA, she also chaired the global Qualifications Board.

As well as working in government as a Senior Civil Servant, more recently Suzy has sat on several government committees. She has been on the State Honours Committee which makes recommendations for awards to the Queen and the Prime Minister. She has also been on the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database in the Home Office and for Defra she was on the Science Advisory Council.

She has also sat on the Higher Education Funding Council for England which is the former funder and regulator of the university sector. And for the Department of Health, she was a member of the National Specialist Commission Group which held a £5 billion budget for health services for rare conditions.

Suzy is Chartered in three different professions. She is an expert at juggling responsibilities and achieving success in the face of significant barriers. Suzy was a widow for many years and faced cancer but has still managed to combine several careers with raising a family of 7.

She believes that everyone is capable of more than they think.

Through her open and honest speaking style, Suzy inspires and motivates her audience. She encourages people to believe that they are capable of more than they think. Drawing on experiences from the stage, the nursery and the boardroom, Suzy reflects on what she believes is critical for success and how to overcome barriers.

Suzy talks in particular about ‘lucky escapes’ – her belief that you don’t have to have a plan to succeed. Drawing on her experiences on the stage, in the boardroom and as a mother of 7, she talks about how many of the things that turned out well for her happened by chance because of something she didn’t do – a lucky escape if you like.

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