Michael Rutland is the first British honorary consul to Bhutan. He helped set up and taught at the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro. He worked for the United Nations in Bhutan as a short term expert in technical and vocational education. His career has included periods as an officer in the British Royal Air Force and in the Armed Forces of the Sultan of Oman. He taught physics in the United Kingdom for over thirty years, and was awarded Physics Teacher of the Year (2000) by the Institute of Physics. He was made a citizen of Bhutan by His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck and awarded the Order of Merit (Gold) by His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He was created an officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to UK-Bhutan relations. He runs the Royal Tutorial Project, making educational programmes on science and maths for broadcast weekly on Bhutan television.