About Sue Hutton >
All about Sue Hutton
After graduating in Geology from Leeds University in 1971, I worked as librarian and information officer in the Botswana Geological Survey. I was the first woman geologist to be sent overseas by the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
I managed Botswana's contribution to the Landsat-1 project, and carried out research into the benefits of using satellite imagery for geological mapping.
Subsequent assignments in UK extended my experience in public awareness, press and public relations, publication production and project management.
I have taught Earth Science as a tutor for The Open University, as a lecturer at Loughborough University and at Makerere University, Uganda.
I have raised funds for ActionAid in UK, as chairman of the Shepshed-Kotturu Link in the 1980s, and for Unicef in Oman.
In 1991, I returned overseas to the Sultanate of Oman, where I progressed from being line manager of Information Centre in the Ministry of Water Resources to being Advisor to the Supervisor-General of Information Centre and Information Expert in the Office of the Minister of Water Resources.
I prepared briefings for HE the Minister of Water Resources from 1993 to 2000, using Internet resources from 1994 onwards. While in Oman, I began designing my own websites, as well as that of the ministry.
Recent research projects include the impact of ICT on teaching, technological change and social inclusion. Writing assignments have included preparing website modules on contract law and privatization options for the water services industry, and best practice in using ICTs for political engagement.
From 2003-2004, I was a contributor to Oman Economic Review. I maintain newsBriefsOman, a legacy blog which features political, economic and business news from the Sultanate of Oman. This has been superceded by the newsBriefsOman twitter feed.
I am a keen amateur thespian and singer, acting regularly in productions by East Leake Amateur Players since 2000. I directed Pinocchio for the group in 2002, and Excalibur, in 2005. In Oman, I played numerous roles with Muscat Amateur Theatre, a semi-professional company.
I have achieved Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Leadership Bronze awards. I have been webmistress, VPPR and VPE for East Midlands Speakers' Club.
In 2010 I took Distinction in the Open University's new Geology course.
I was awarded a Licenciate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) in November 2013. View the successful panel of photos.
I achieved my Diploma in Economics from the Open University in December 2013.
As you can see from simply reading this website, I adapt to new technology, if only because it gives me the flexibility to organise my time as well as editorial and publishing freedom.
I look forward to hearing from you!