Two Chandler’s Ford residents receive New Year Honours

Natalie Black - a Trade Commissioner and former Deputy Head of No 10 Policy Unit becomes a CBE. An MBE goes to HCC executive member and former Thornden pupil Peter Colenutt


Two Chandler’s Ford residents have been honoured for their public service in the New Year Honours list the Cabinet Office has announced.

Ms Natalie Black – who is currently Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Asia Pacific –  becomes a CBE while Mr Peter Colenutt, Interim Assistant Director for Hampshire County Council receives an MBE.

Ms Black graduated from LSE with a degree in International Relations, completed a Masters degree in Public Policy at Harvard as a Fullbright Scholar and is Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

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International Trade HM Trade Commissioner Natalie Black CBE with Dr Liam Fox MP.  Pic: DIT

Prior to her appointment as an HMTC, Ms Black worked in the Cabinet Office and was Deputy Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit. Black was appointed as a Trade Commissioner by Liam Fox in September 2018 and has a key role in developing new post-Brexit trade agreements with Asian and Pacific markets.

Peter Colenutt was promoted to the role of HCC Interim Assistant Director in March 2019 and is a National Executive Member of the Education Buildings and Development Officers​ Group having previously served as Chair of the group from 2013 to 2017.

A former Thornden School pupil, Mr Colenutt has an HNC from the Southampton Institute for Higher Education, a PGD in Management Studies from the University of Portsmouth and is also a graduate of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

As usual, this year’s New Year Honours leads with high profile names from the world of sport and entertainment. England cricketer Ben Stokes has been awarded an OBE while Olivia Newton John becomes a Dame for her services to music and charity. Sir Elton John cements his position as the head of Britain’s rock royalty by becoming a Companion of Honour.