Michael Rutland is the first British Honorary Consul in Bhutan. He was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2005) by Queen Elizabeth II for services to British-Bhutan relations and also holds the Bhutan Coronation Gold Medal. He presents a weekly educational television programme produced by the Royal Tutorial Project and broadcast on Bhutan Broadcasting Service 2. He is a founder and chairman of the Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom. He is also a member of the International Council of the English Speaking Union.