Suzy Walton Keynote Speaker

  • Multi-sector Board Director
  • Former Senior Civil Servant, Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence and Former Vice-President, Royal Society of Medicine
  • Mother of 7, PhD, former West End actress and government scientist

Suzy Walton's Biography

Dr Suzy Walton is an expert in corporate governance – how companies run and indeed how government runs. She has sat on over 15 major boards, was previously in UK’s Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence (MoD) and is a speaker on corporate governance, diversity and portfolio careers.

Suzy, who has 7 children including a toddler born in the Covid pandemic, was the longest serving member on the board of the Institute of Directors (2013-2022). She is also the former Vice-President of the Royal Society of Medicine and former Deputy Chair of the Royal Society of Arts.

She is an advisor to the Secretary of State for Health on the national Independent Reconfiguration Panel and is a Vice-President of Combat Stress which treats veterans with PTSD.

Internationally, Suzy has been a member of the Regulatory Board for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and chair of their global Qualifications Board. She also represents the UK in a global governance forum – GNDI.

She is a former board member of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and government’s Science Advisory Council. She is also the former Deputy Chair of the University of Westminster, and the Internet Watch Foundation which seeks to eradicate child sexual abuse from the internet. Suzy has also sat on the State Honours Committee in the Cabinet Office and on the board of HEFCE – the former regulator of the university sector.

Suzy had a long career in the Civil Service, working as an operational psychologist in the MoD – from where she obtained a PhD degree for her work on military suicide, and she also served in the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Suzy has three degrees and went to university in her 20s following a career as a West End actress and broadcaster, The highlight of her career on the stage was a three-year stint playing Lydia the young deaf girl in the award winning play “Children of a Lesser God.” As a broadcaster Suzy presented for the BBC and for Sky News. She also had her own travel programme on LBC radio where for three years she was producer, presenter, and editor of “Time Off.”

Suzy has BSc MSc and PhD degrees, is a Chartered Director, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Occupational Psychologist and has an honorary degree from a London university.

More about Suzy can be found on her website 

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Suzy Walton's Speaking Topics

• Corporate Governance

How companies run, how companies fail

• How to succeed and overcome barriers

Personally and professionally

• 'Lucky Escapes'

How many of the things that go well happen by chance

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Videos of Suzy Walton

Corporate Governance Panel at the IoD Annual Convention
Corporate Governance Panel at the IoD Annual Convention
Interviewing Sir John Scarlett, former Head of MI6 - 2020
Interviewing Sir John Scarlett, former Head of MI6 - 2020

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Comments & Testimonials

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

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