Sue Hutton

About Me

Thanks to the Education Act of 1944, I was able to win a place to grammar school in 1959. My father was a carpenter, my mother a farm worker's daughter. I was the first in my family to reach grammar school and university.

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.

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 subsequently 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. The internet only arrived in Oman in 1993. 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 built and maintained newsBriefsOman, a legacy blog which featured political, economic and business news from the Sultanate of Oman. This has been superceded by the newsBriefsOman twitter feed.

In 2014, I started working with Captcha Photography of East Leake in wedding, events and studio photography. I was awarded a Licenciate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) in November 2013.  I published three photobooks in 2017 available for sale on Blurb. Hong Kong, La Serenissima: Venice at the time of Carnival, both of which are also available as ebooks for iPad, and On the Cusp of Africa: scenes from northern Morocco. My family has a special interest in north Morocco as we own an apartment in Tangier just 100m from the Mediterranean.

From 2006 - 2016, thanks to prompting from my daughter, I built and annually maintained the website for UK Gothla, a group of ladies who loved to perform gothic bellydance. We would hold a dance event in Leicester each summer in June or July attended by dancers from all over Europe and the USA. We had zero budget but it became an extremely popular and well patronised event. We got into all sorts of scrapes. nevertheless it was huge fun. A major problem was that the UK authorities began to clamp down on dancers coming to perform from overseas. It seems you have to be professional rather than an enthusiastic amateur. I used email newsletters, social media, photo galleries and video to spread the word.

Extra-Curricular: I have raised funds for ActionAid in UK, as chairman of the Shepshed-Kotturu Link in the 1980s, and for Unicef in Oman. I have been 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 also planned my own singing recital in 2005 and scripted an entertainment based on John Betjeman's poetry and life performed with four others in Leicester in 2007 I sang with the Leicester Bach Choir from 2005 until 2019, when the Covid pandemic intervened and have now joined Charnwood Voices.  I achieved Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Leadership Bronze awards. In 2010 I took Distinction in the Open University's new Geology course.

In 2019, I gained my Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society. I maintained the website of the Digital Imaging Group from 2020 to 2022  and currently assist the Travel Group with their monthly competition.

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