Dr Philip Orumwense awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2020 Honours List🇬🇧🇳🇬💫

By Esosa Aihie

Dr Ighayezomo Philip Orunwmense, becomes a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) as he is honoured by the Queen in her 2020 Birthday Honours List. 

Dr Ighayezomo Philip Orumwense. IT Commercial Director, Highways England. Formerly head of Applications, Programmes and Platforms, Commercial Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions. For public service (Solihull, West Midlands). 

Dr Ighayezomo Philip Orunwmense said on becoming a CBE, 

“it is humbling to be so recognised and honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE) for services to the public. This honour came as a surprise to me but reminds me of the essence of doing good public service. It is eminently gratifying to be meritoriously recognised by the nation for one’s contributions to public service. It is with great humility that I share this honour with everyone who has helped me along the way”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the recipients of this year’s honours were “a testament to the sort of country we are – caring, compassionate and resolute in the face of a global pandemic”. “The hard work and dedication of these local, often unsung heroes has helped carry us through,” he added.

The list is usually published in June, when the Queen celebrates her official birthday, but it was postponed so that individuals who played crucial roles in the first months of the coronavirus outbreak could be added.

Of the 1,495 recipients, 72% (1047) were awarded for their work in the community (including those who volunteered to help the at risk, those shielding with free meals, and others who delivered food and care packages to NHS frontline workers); 51% are men (755); 49% are women (740); 13% are from a BAME background; 6% have a disability, and 11% are under 30 (with the youngest at 16); 14% from health and social care sectors. The list includes 740 women, which represents 49% of the total – down from 51% in the New Years Honours list last year. 

Commonly awarded ranks:

  • Companion of Honour – Limited to 65 people. Recipients wear the initials CH after their name
  • Knight or Dame
  • CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire
  • MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • BEM – British Empire Medal

On the 4th of September, during Nigeria Business Magazine’s themed event on good governance, Dr Philip Orunwmense FCIPS, Commercial & Procurement Director, Highways England, gave an insightful presentation on 

“Participatory Democracy and Good Governance”, using four lines of defence to enhance governance control systems using the UK’s🇬🇧compliance control systems as a case study. 

Philip was also recognised as a Black History Month Super Hero amongst some global greats by Highways England BAME Network.

Published articles by Philip include:

Is Covid-19 impacted supplier delivery an

act of God? Dr. Philip Orumwense FCIPS,


By Philip Orumwense FCIPS, DBA

May 8, 2020

Artificial Intelligence and Machine

Learning: a case of racial profiling

underpinned by ethically biased


By Philip Orumwense FCIPS, DBA

November 17, 2019

CLOUD and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

enabled public service provision

By Philip Orumwense FCIPS, DBA

September 27, 2020

Well done Philip, keep up the good work and looking forward to many more heights of success🇬🇧🇳🇬💫

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