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Carl Hunter OBE
CEO at Coltraco Ultrasonics


Graduate of Durham and Sandhurst. Soldier, businessman and strategic advisor. Former Greenjacket Officer in the British Army. Former senior consultant. CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a manufacturer in the shipping, offshore oil and gas, naval, renewables, power and safety engineering sectors exporting 89% of its output to 110 countries - 40% Asia, 10% Middle East, 17% USA, 15% EU. UK innovation, safety and maritime awards. Won 4 intellectual property cases in the Beijing Courts and 1st UK company in field to win Japanese product certification. Developed a unique undergraduate internship programme at Durham University. Develops British & ISO Standards in the UK safety engineering and maritime sectors. Travelled to 30-40 countries pa for 25 years. Since 2017 supported Westminster as public service. In April 2019 the company won the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Fellow and Trustee of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering. Associate Fellow the Nautical Institute. Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers. Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Chatham House and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Contributed evidence to the Grenfell Enquiry. A lead figure in the UK maritime sector. Member of 16 UK and USA trade and professional organisations. On the governing councils of 4, including the Maritime Defence & Security Group, the British Marine Equipment Council and a Submarine Council. Supports the APPG on Maritime & Ports.

Professor-in-Practice at Durham Business School. Honorary Doctorate of Science of Durham University. Decision-Making Panel Member of the Bank of England. The 37th Commonwealth Business Mentor. Supports the UK-USA SME Dialogue. Member of the UK-US Maritime Nations Forum, most recently aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York in Nov 2018 with the President of the Board of Trade. Advisory Board Member of London International Leaders. Head of government relations at the British Exporters Association. Appointed in March 2019 a DIT Export Champion.

Has the great opportunity of meeting a wide number of Ministers, Civil Servants, MP’s and Peers. Supports 7 Think Tanks. Policy Advisor to a Peer in the House of Lords. Written a number of strategic papers for Cabinet Ministers. Advisor to the forthcoming APPG Global Britain. Written evidence to the Defence Committee on Amphibious Operations and implications for UK Defence in the South China Sea. Gave evidence to the Bribery Act of 2010 House of Lords Committee chaired by Lord Savile. Member of a Strategic Steering Group of Defence Services Organisation at DIT. Developing a sectoral export strategy in alignment with DIT’s Export Strategy.

Supports 5 Departments of State in modest stakeholder engagement roles - Trade & Diplomacy and the Overseas Leadership Programme at the FCO, the Export Strategy at DIT, Maritime 2050 at DfT, UK Export Finance and Expert Panel Member of the Business Integrity Initiative at DFID. Supports parts of the London diplomatic community to help increase bilateral trade. Speaks at industry conferences in support of DIT, UKEF, HMG, relationship between government and business, EU Exit, Global Britain, Exporting, SME sector, Innovation and the need for UK business CEOs to become “HMG Focals”. Interviewed by Adam Boulton on Sky News March 2019.

Active within the Conservative Party and modest party donor. Member of the Party Chairman’s Business Advisory Council. Board Advisor to Conservative Progress. Executive Council member of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council and supports 12 Conservative grassroots organisations including Conservative Friends of International Development, Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces and Women2Win. Vice Chairman Marylebone Ward. Articles published by the Tory Reform Group, Conservative Way Forward, Politea, Politico, Bruges Group, CLWCA Blueprint, Conservative Progress, The Naval Review, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a number of marine and safety engineering publications. Letters in The Times and Telegraph. OBE for Services to Business and International Trade in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Interests: Physics, National Renewal, Exporting, Government & Business, Social Justice, Defence & Foreign Affairs, International Development, Naval Strategy, Global Britain, the British Dream, the Commonwealth, the USA & the prosperity and public service continuums. Developing a strategy for the nation at home and overseas Charitable work - Westminster Catholic Children’s Society, Vice Chairman, the Hyde Park Group, Amar Foundation. Clubs: Greenjacket Officers; Cavalry & Guards; The In & Out and The Carlton. Married 28 years to Dorothy with 4 Children.

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  • Safety is an Act of Leadership: Applying Maritime 2050


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