About the SUT

The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) is a multidisciplinary learned society that brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.

SUT was founded in 1966 and has members from more than 40 countries, including engineers, scientists, other professionals and students working in these areas. In recent decades many of our members have come from the offshore hydrocarbon sector, today we also see growing numbers of members from offshore renewables, marine autonomous systems, and the policy, law and insurance sectors who support offshore activities of many kinds.

The Underwater Association which also commenced operations in 1966 had a long-standing relationship with SUT, and merged with us in 1992, having played a key role in establishing safer diving practices in consultation with the UK Health & Safety Executive. Their legacy can be particularly seen in the work of our Diving & Manned Submersibles Committee.

Please click here for the Articles of Association of the Society for Underwater Technology, amended June 2015.

A link to SUT’s Ethical Policy can be found here – please note this applies to all Members, Fellows, Branches and Special Interest Groups.

The Society for Underwater Technology is a Charity Registered in the UK: Reg Charity No. 256659 (England and Wales) and SC043942 (Scotland).

Annual Report and Annual Accounts

Click here to see the latest Annual Report of the Society for Underwater Technology (2020-2021) and click here to see the Society’s audited accounts for the year ending June 2021.

The current list of Council Members and Committee Chairs can be found here.


The SUT was founded to promote the further understanding of the underwater environment and to encourage:

  • cross–fertilisation and dissemination of ideas, experience and information between workers in academic research, applied research and technology, industry and government
  • development of techniques and tools to explore, study and exploit the oceans
  • proper economic and sociological usage of resources in and beneath the oceans
  • further education of scientists and technologists to maintain high standards in marine science and technology.


The SUT considers all aspects of technology applied to:

  • diving and manned submersibles
  • environmental forces
  • marine policy
  • marine renewable energies
  • ocean resources
  • offshore site investigation and geotechnics
  • salvage and decommissioning
  • subsea engineering and operations
  • underwater robotics
  • underwater science
  • underwater vehicles

For more information on the SUT’s interest areas, please visit the Special Interest Groups section of this website.


For current officers of Council, committee Chairs, past Presidents, and past Chairs of Council please click here.


Cheryl Burgess
Chief Executive
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Cheryl joined SUT in January 2021, bringing over three decades’ experience in the energy industry including oil & gas (both offshore and onshore); renewables; and utilities. She is the former Director General of the Pipeline Industries Guild, and her extensive international expertise from her years with UK Trade & Investment and the Society of British Gas Industries will bring benefit to the SUT’s international Branches and interests. A strong advocate for organisations she has represented, she is also committed to engaging students, graduates, and young professionals in the industries the SUT represents.

Jane Hinton
Membership & Finance Officer
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Jane’s role as Membership & Finance Officer covers all matters relating to membership including the upkeep of the main SUT database, collecting subscriptions, welcoming new members, and sending out notices on SUT news and forthcoming events. She is also responsible for the day-to-day financial matters of the Society including bookkeeping and credit control.

Emily Boddy
Communications & Publications Officer
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Emily’s main roles as communications & publications officer are the production of all SUT yearly publications (digital and print) and maintenance & development of the SUT’s website. Emily produces all additional publications and conference proceedings required by the Society, as well as all marketing and membership material. She is responsible for communicating with the membership for SUT updates and news as well as managing the SUT’s social media. Emily is also the editor of SUT’s Underwater Technology Podcast.

Jacqui Adams
Events & Training Manager
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Jacqui manages all events throughout the UK including seminars, training courses, conferences, dinners, and exhibitions. Working alongside the branches in Aberdeen, London & South of England, the North of England and the South West also supporting Special Interest Group events.

Perth, Australia

Fiona Allan
Perth Branch/Finance/Membership Administrator
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Fiona is the Administrator for the Perth Branch and is responsible for everyday financial matters as well as Student / Individual and Corporate Memberships. Fiona is also involved with SUT Committee Meetings and the Scholarships process.

Renae Drew
Events & Marketing Coordinator
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Renae joined the SUT team in February 2021. She has over 15 years’ experience working in the event management field, predominately in the hotel industry. Her role will focus on the administration, coordination and marketing of Perth events as well as updating the website.

Kym Shepherd
Marketing and Events Coordinator
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Kym has over 10 years’ experience in coordinating the implementation, promotion and evaluation of a wide range of events, predominantly in Local Government. Highly skilled in end-to-end Event and Project Management, Stakeholder Relations and Marketing, Kym’s role focuses on the administration, coordination, and marketing of all Perth branch events.


Araceli Lopez
Communications Coordinator
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Araceli is the communications coordinator for SUT-US. She is responsible for advertising their courses and events, website administration, customer service, and SUT-US social media management.


Patsy Rhymes
Event Manager
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Patsy manages the events in Houston for the US Branch, as well as working closely with other team members across various business units in product marketing, social media, PR, campaign management and corporate marketing.