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INSPIRING: Resident receives MBE in New Year Honours List

 Published on: 10th January 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Amersham resident is “honoured and surprised” to have been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year honours.

Dr Baljinder Singh Dhanda, Co-Chair for UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project, was awarded an MBE in the recently published New Year Honours list for his services to Cyber Security.

Every new year and on the Queen’s birthday, she honours the accomplishments and service of outstanding individuals throughout the UK with a list published in The Gazette, the Crown’s official newspaper. The 2022 list was published on December 31, 2021.

Baljinder, aged 55 has lived in Amersham for more than 15 years with his family actively engaged in the community.

Speaking on receiving the MBE Baljinder said: “I was incredibly honoured and surprised, it was completely unexpected.”

Baljinder kept everything a secret from his family until Christmas day when they were all gathered together.

Baljinder continued: “I told them all that I had one last surprise.  I asked my wife to open an envelope and read the contents.  It was great to see the expressions on everyone’s faces as they began to understand what was being readout. My parents were particularly emotional.”

The Amersham resident received his MBE for services to cyber security.  As well as delivering the Cyber Security Council, he has been working hard to attract and develop more people into the profession.  Baljinder has also formed and led a group to develop a new national cyber security apprenticeship standard.

The UK Cyber Security Council is the self-regulatory body for the UK’s cyber security profession. It develops, promotes and stewards nationally recognised standards for cyber security in support of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe, said: “I offer my sincere and heartfelt congratulations to those Buckinghamshire residents who have been honoured with an award in the New Year Honours 2022.

“We all know that the world has been in turmoil, indeed none can escape the daily headlines, but despite being faced with enormous adversity, people in our communities have stepped up to deliver a whole range of Covid-19 related activity.”

As well as his work for UK Cyber Security Council, Baljinder is also passionate about encouraging young people into careers in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related subjects.  He is a STEM Ambassador, an Enterprise Adviser working with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, providing careers support to schools, and also a governor at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School.

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