Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter is a Chairman and former British Army Greenjacket Officer who works to advance professionalism, performance and integrity in international business and public life. Coltraco Ultrasonics is a world-leading UK designer and manufacturer in its field and exporter of its maritime and safety engineering technology to 120 countries. In early 2019 the company won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade and later in 2019 Carl won the Lifetime Exporting Achievement Award at Mansion House. Carl offers a unique global perspective gained from over 30 years of leadership, advisory work and international trade. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, a Trustee of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. Carl believes strongly in public service and the value of business, both as a social and commercial enterprise, and is committed to using his experience and insight to support greater collaboration between the public and private sectors. His areas of policy expertise include the UK SME sector, Exporting and the Government-Business relationship. His interests are the 8 core UK strategic capabilities, the Indo-Pacific, Naval strategy, the UKs 8 national values and the balance between British defence, diplomatic, development, security, trade, intellectual & cultural strategies.
Carl delivers strategic counsel and mentoring to leaders in Government, Parliament, and the UK business community, serving as an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade (DIT) and as Head of Government Relations at the British Exporters Association. He has helped develop UK & ISO Standards in the maritime and safety engineering sectors, is an Expert Panel Member of the Business Integrity Initiative at the Department for International Development (DFID) and of the Expert Trade Advisory Group (SMEs) at DIT, a Manufacturing Panel Member of IHS Markit Economic Indices, Chair of Manufacturing at FSB, has worked with the Department for Transport and the International Maritime Organisation on UK values, Maritime Safety and the Eradication of Modern Slavery at Sea, was a stakeholder to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Maritime 2050: Navigating the Future 30-year maritime strategy and DIT’s Export Strategy. Carl is a Decision-Making Panel Member of the Bank of England and the 37thCommonwealth Business Mentor. Since June 2020 Carl is a member of the Government’s Economic Recovery Taskforce at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He is the Diocesan Governor for St George’s CE Primary School Hanover Square. Carl was awarded his OBE for Services to Business and International Trade in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science of Durham University and is Professor-in-Practice at Durham Business School. He has four children with Dorothy, his wife of 28 years, and lives in London and Somerset.