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.


To find out more about the Society, including membership, events and publications, follow the links provided below.

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

Click here to see the latest Annual Report of the Society for Underwater Technology (2017-18) and click here to see the Society’s audited accounts for the year ending June 2018.


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.


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 distributing email notices of meetings and other events. She is also responsible for the day-to-day financial matters of the Society including bookkeeping and credit control.

Emily Boddy

Publications Officer
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Emily’s main roles as publications officer are the production of the SUT Yearbook and Annual Report, and maintenance of the SUT website. She also produces all additional publications and conference proceedings required by the Society, as well as marketing and membership material. She is also the clerk for several committees.

Cheryl Ince

Administrative Secretary
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Cheryl’s main roles are administration, archiving, assisting with conferences, courses and evening meetings. She is also in charge of administering the SUT Educational Support Fund (ESF). She is in contact with the students throughout their ESF sponsorship year(s) and monitors their progress. She is the first port of call for most SUT queries.

Steve Hall

Chief Executive
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Steve Hall joined SUT as Chief Executive in April 2017 bringing over 25 years experience in the field of global marine science, technology and policy including serving as vice-chair of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, heading the UK National Oceanography Centre's International & Strategic Partnerships Office and a variety of other roles. Steve has been a long-serving Member & Fellow of SUT, chairing the education & training committee and serving on Council.

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.

Jacqui Adams

Events Manager
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Jacqui manages events throughout the UK including seminars, training courses, conferences, dinners and exhibitions. Working with the branches in Aberdeen, London & South East & North of England and also supporting new events in the South West. She also manages the day-to-day running of the office in Aberdeen.

Lisa Clubb

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Jennifer Maninin

Perth Branch Manager
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Jen has extensive experience in event management. She started as Events Manager in March 2013, and in March 2014 became the Perth Branch & Events Manager. Organising the busy events schedule is Jen’s main focus, however she’s also heavily involved with SUT branch and sub-committee meetings, Australian branch guidance, report/procedure/policy writing, industry networking, recruitment, training and anything else the Perth Branch Committee require assistance with. She works closely with the staff and Perth Branch SUT Committee.

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.

Patricia Slapp

Events & Marketing Coordinator
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Patricia joined the Perth SUT team in April 2018. She has extensive experience in the events industry and is currently studying Graphic Design. Her role will focus on the administration, coordination and marketing of Perth events as well as updating the website.