Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Meningitis survivor Rajinder awarded MBE

Andy Hopkinson | 12th January 2021

Congratulations to our supporter Rajinder Tumber, from Belvedere in Kent, who was awarded an MBE for his services to cyber security in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Meningitis survivor Rajinder awareded MBE

Ten years ago, when he was 27, Rajinder contracted meningitis. It began as a slight headache, which got progressively worse. The next day he was rushed to hospital, where he spent almost two weeks before being allowed home to continue his recovery. You can read Rajinder’s full story here.

Rajinder is cited for his work on cyber security around governance, risk, compliance and mergers and acquisitions. He has more than a decade experience working on high profile projects for The Cabinet Office, Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Heathrow Airport, TalkTalk, E.ON and more.

Most notably, he devised a unique framework called CyberDD6® , which addresses the lack of cyber due diligence in the Mergers and Acquisitions process. The framework forms the basis of Rajinder’s book, Cyber Security in Mergers and Acquisitions, which will be released in March 2021.

Prolific poet

“It’s an absolute honour to be awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen,” Rajinder said. “Today, we live in a mobile, connected world. The cyber threat landscape is increasing, so the need for cyber security is becoming greater. Being awarded the MBE indicates that cyber security is increasingly being recognised as an essential area, and I am proud to represent the industry.”

But that’s not the end of Rajinder’s talents. He is also a prolific poet and in 2017, broke a century-old world record, for writing the world’s longest love poem called ‘Divine Verse’. This contained 2,413 words and 244 lines. He’s also written books on philosophy and ancient history, and a sci-fi novel endorsed by former Disney writer Joie Albrecht. And, he was founder of The Voice, a series which formed part of Women's History Month to attract more women into the world of cyber security and artificial intelligence.

A portion of the proceeds from Rajinder’s next poem, Royal Britain, will be donated to us towards our lifesaving and life-changing work. The theme of the poem is what makes Britain great, from the Royal family to castles and cathedrals to countryside.

Still in shock

Rajinder is still in shock at being awarded an MBE. “I was at home, finishing my second poem,” he said, “when I received an email, with the sender as the Cabinet Office, stating that the Prime Minister wanted to submit my name to the Queen for an MBE. I thought it was a wind-up!

“Long story short, I phoned the Cabinet Office to double-check, and they said, "Yes, the email is legitimate." Then I thought, "I’m being asked if I would like to receive an MBE? Of course I would!""

Congratulating Rajinder on his award, our chief executive Tom Nutt said: “Rajinder’s story and the award of his MBE cannot fail to inspire others fighting back from their own meningitis experience that they too can go on to achieve great things in their life. Well done Rajinder and good luck with your new poem.”