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 (2018-2019) and click here to see the Society’s audited accounts for the year ending June 2019.

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

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 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.



Steve Hall
Chief Executive
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Steve Hall joined the 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.

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 SUT Annual publications, maintenance and development of the SUT website. She produces all additional publications and conference proceedings required by the Society, as well as all 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.

Jacqui Adams
Events 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 SIG events.   Jacqui also manages the day-to-day running of the office in Aberdeen.

Lisa Clubb
Events & Marketing Coordinator
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Lisa’s role focuses on the administration, coordination and marketing of events as well as updating the website, and social media.

Perth, Australia

Jennifer Bennett
Perth Branch Manager
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We welcomed Jen to the team back in March 2013. With a background in not-for-profit, corporate event management, she loves working with and empowering our staff and hundreds of volunteers to take control of their events, projects and initiatives. Being substantially involved in every aspect of the SUT Perth Branch over the years, she’s our ‘go to girl’, known as our ‘mover and shaker’ and we commend her again and again on her ability to ‘herd cats’.

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.

Tara Forde
Events Assistant
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Tara joined the Perth SUT team in February 2019. She has previous not-for-profit, corporate event experience and is currently studying Marketing at Curtin University. Tara’s role includes assisting at Perth SUT events, administration, social media marketing and updating the website.

Irina Sankoff
Events Assistant
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Irina combines her previous event work experience with her interest in the sub-sea industry to assist the SUT Perth branch in events and marketing, including a joint industry mentoring program. She is involved with the SUT Young Engineers & Scientists (YES!) and currently completing her honours degree in Environmental Engineering.



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.