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Dr Budgie Dhanda and John Davies Awarded MBEs in New Year Honours List for Services to the Cyber Security Professio

Cyber sector news

12:00 Thursday, 06 January 2022

UK Cyber Security Council

The UK Cyber Security Council is proud to announce that Dr Budgie Dhanda and John Davies have been awarded MBEs in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to the cyber security profession.

Dr Dhanda MBE played an important role in setting up the Council and was the Co-Chair for the Council’s formation project.  His principal areas of interest are Cyber Security, Education and National Security.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Information Security and was the Co-Chair of the UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project, an initiative sponsored and supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Cyber Security Centre.  The Council is the voice of the cyber security profession and will set the standards for chartered status, ethics, qualifications, and career pathways for the profession as well as developing initiatives for growing the UK cyber work force and improving diversity.  

Prior to this, Budgie led the efforts to develop a new cyber security apprenticeship standard and supported cyber education initiatives aimed at developing the next generation of professionals.  He now is now a cyber security specialist at PA Consulting. 

Dr Budgie Dhanda MBE said: “I am very grateful to be recognised in the New Year Honours list and delighted that the work of UK Cyber Security Council has been acknowledged. I was proud to be part of the Formation Project and look forward to seeing the work of the Council go from strength to strength.  I’d like to thank and pay tribute to the Cyber Security Alliance, the numerous volunteers, and our partners from Government for supporting me and the project.“

John Davies MBE is the Co-founder and Chair of Cyber Wales, the largest cyber security ecosystem in the UK.  John has also chaired the Wales Cyber Resilience Board, a Welsh Government Steering Committee working with the National Cyber Security Centre to enhance cyber resilience across Welsh Public Sector organisations and providing policy and best practice advice for the Private Sector.  John has been a Sessional Lecturer on MBA courses and is committed to helping to close the skills gap in cyber security by participating on the Curriculum Advisory Boards of both Cardiff University and the University of South Wales where he regularly runs sessions for the National Cyber Security Academy.  John is a Welsh speaker who plays an active role helping military personnel and their families as Chairman of the Regional Employer Engagement Group for Wales.  For his day-job, he runs a Cardiff-based cyber security software vendor.

John Davies MBE said: “I'm delighted and this recognition reflects the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the UK cyber community as a whole. The UK is ranked No.2 in the world of cyber and we are all striving to live up to this status.  The biggest cyber cluster of its kind in the UK is right here in Wales and all of us in this wonderful and eclectic ecosystem are proud to be doing our bit."

Simon Hepburn, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Cyber Security Council, said: “Dr Budgie Bhanda MBE was an integral part of getting the UK Cyber Security Council up and running with the Formation Project and we are delighted to hear that he has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his work. We are also delighted that John Davies was awarded an MBE for his work with Cyber Wales and establishing one of the strongest cyber security clusters in the UK which we have formed a great partnership with."