Suzy Walton is a chartered scientist, a chartered occupational psychologist and a chartered director. She has a portfolio of board roles and over a decade’s experience in central government.
Commenting on the appointment, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:
“I am delighted to welcome Suzy to the HEFCE Board. She brings with her a vast amount of knowledge and experience which I'm sure will be invaluable for the Board in these challenging times.”
Notes to editors
1. Suzy Walton is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), of the University of Westminster and of the Internet Watch Foundation which regulates the internet against some aspects of criminality. She is also on the board of the veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress, and sits on several government committees including the Ethics Group of the National DNA Database (Home Office) and the National Specialist Commissioning Group (Department of Health). Previously she was on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’s Science Advisory Council.
2. Suzy Walton has over a decade’s experience as a senior civil servant and has served in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Ministry of Defence.
3. A full biography of Suzy Walton and information about the HEFCE Board including how members are appointed and a list of members and their interests is on the HEFCE website.
4. The Government's economic policy objective is to achieve 'strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries'. It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:
- To create the most competitive tax system in the G20
- To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business
- To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy
- To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.
Work is underway across Government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the Government wants the economy to travel.
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