Dr Suzy Walton
Dr Suzy Walton was appointed as Independent Board Member in August 2007 and became the Independent Vice-Chair in July 2011
Suzy is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Chartered Director (the UK’s highest level qualification in corporate governance). She has a portfolio of board roles and over a decade’s experience in central government
Suzy is Deputy Chairman of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the University of Westminster. She is also on the boards of HEFCE (the government regulator for the University sector) and Combat Stress which has three hospitals for veterans with PTSD. She also sits on many government committees including (for the Home Office) the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database and (for Department of Health) the National Specialist Commissioning group. She has also been appointment by Cabinet/Government Equalities Office as an Ambassador for diversity on boards.
Suzy has over a decade’s experience as a Senior Civil Servant in central government. She has served in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). She was awarded a PhD for her research in the MoD into military suicide.
As an academic, Suzy has published over twenty papers mainly on social policy and mental health.
Suzy’s earlier career was as a producer, editor and presenter for Sky News, LBC Radio and the BBC. She holds a first class BSc degree, an MSc and a PhD in applied psychology (suicide). Suzy has five children