Michael Rutland was the first Honorary Consul of Bhutan to the UK and is now the first British Honorary Consul to Bhutan. He helped set up and taught at the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro in 1971. He worked for the United Nations in Bhutan as a short-term expert in technical and vocational education. 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 awarded the Order of Merit (Gold) by His Majesty the King and the O.B.E. by HM Queen Elizabeth II.