Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

News > Inspiring Colytonians > Colyton Grammar School Alumnus named in New Year Honours List

Colyton Grammar School Alumnus named in New Year Honours List

Daniel Cowen (OC2009) Head of Financial Services at China Prosperity Fund, British Embassy Beijing, has been honoured for his services to British foreign policy.
Daniel Cowen MBE
Daniel Cowen MBE

Daniel Cowen (OC2009) Head of Financial Services at China Prosperity Fund, British Embassy Beijing, has been honoured for his services to British foreign policy.

He said ‘  I’m honoured to have been awarded an #MBE in the Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours List. It’s a truly humbling experience to be recognised with so many exceptional colleagues and community figures.’

‘In January and February, I led a team liaising with Chinese authorities, HM Government and Armed Forces colleagues, and stranded British Nationals themselves to evacuate hundreds of people from Wuhan and surrounding Hubei Province on four separate flights (2 UK, 1 FR, 1 NZ). Working very long shifts including many through the night, we helped evacuees navigate physical roadblocks, and ensured safe passage for many young children with documentation issues.’

‘In March and April, I setup a large team to scour the secondary market for ventilators when the UK was facing an urgent shortage. We secured and verified stocks in a turbulent market, at times in direct competition with our allies, and got life-saving units flown to the UK and into our hospitals.’

‘All of this would not have been possible without an incredible team of colleagues, both British and Chinese, as well as collaborative spirit and positive diplomatic engagement from Chinese government counterparts. As the world recovers from the pandemic, we should all think of what we can achieve when working together towards a common goal.’

Colyton Grammar School is extremely proud of Daniel’s achievements, to have an MBE at such a young age is fantastic.

Similar stories

Daniel Cowen MBE

Daniel Cowen (OC2009) Head of Financial Services at China Prosperity Fund, British Embassy Beijing, has been honoured for his services to British foreign policy. More...

Colytonians from the 1940s-50s

John McInerney attended Colyton grammar School aged 10 years old in 1949, he shares with us his 'lasting impression of h… More...

Dan at ING

It was great to have Dan Shurey (OC2006) join us via skype to talk with students at lunch time today. More...

Tom Brittney starring in film with Tom Hanks

Exciting year ahead for alumnus Tom Brittney with his new series of Grantchester already started last week and a new fil… More...

Kyle Stewart (OC2004)

Dr Kyle Stewart left Colyton Grammar School in 2004 and went onto complete a Bachelor degrees in medical science and med… More...

Most read

Singing the school song 40 year on Class of 1979

On Saturday we welcomed the Class of 1979 back to Colyton Grammar School, this was the era of Mr Fox, as head master, Mr Sindall as a newly recruited … More...

Henry

Henry left in 2015 and returned to school in December 2019 to share with our students his journey after Colyton. More...

Mr Bush and Mrs Wainwright seen here at a whole school photo shoot

Mr Bush is retiring at the end of this academic year. We'd love to have your farewells for his retirement card. More...

Have your say

 
This website is powered by
ToucanTech