ATLANTA -- An Atlanta resident is one of a handful of British citizens worldwide to be named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
The distinction, given in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, is awarded for outstanding achievement or service.
Claire Louise Newman, the British Consulate-General's Vice Consul for Consular in Atlanta, is the only person living in the U.S. named to this year's prestigious list, joining the likes of singer Adele and comedian Robert Brydon.
In her position with the consulate, Newman sees British nationals through times of trouble and promotes British heritage within the community. She has also served as president of Atlanta's British American Business Group.
"Claire has done a tremendous job with her consular responsibilities and as a volunteer through the British American Business Group in Atlanta," Sir Peter Westmacott, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States, said in a statement. "Many businesses have learned why Britain is a great place to do business because of Claire's efforts."
See a complete list of new Members of the Order of the British Empire at www.gov.uk.