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Feb 04 - Call For Nominations - A Recipient’s Story

The Gibraltar Honours Board (GHB), under the Chairmanship of His Excellency the Governor, will meet in April / May to consider nominations for:

The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2020; and, 


The Gibraltar Award that is awarded by the GHB and announced coincident with The 
Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.


Nominations should be submitted to recognise those people, from any section of the Gibraltarian community, that have made an exceptional contribution or given exceptional service in the progression of either the well-being, achievement or reputation of Gibraltar. 


Nominations should be submitted no later than Friday 5th April 2019 on a GHB Nomination Proforma for the attention of the GHB Secretary, Office of the Governor, The Convent, Main Street, Gibraltar GX11 1AA. 
Nominations can be submitted by anyone.

A copy of the GHB Nomination Proforma, along with detailed guidance on its completion, can be obtained at The Convent Rear Gate Reception or from the GHB Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations can be supported by up to two letters of endorsement from people with a personal knowledge of the nominees’ contribution or service. 


Nominations will be considered by the GHB for the following Honours – albeit nominations should not recommend someone for a specific award as this is decided by the GHB:

  • Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Awarded for having made a most prominent, distinguished and decisive contribution / service up to International level within a certain field or discipline; a contribution / service that has led to the enhancement of life / outcomes for the Gibraltarian Community up to International level. 

  • Officer of the British Empire (OBE). Awarded for having made a most prominent, distinguished and decisive contribution / service at National level within a certain field or discipline; a contribution / service that has led to an all-encompassing enhancement of life / outcomes for the Gibraltarian Community. 

  • Member of the British Empire (MBE). Awarded for having made a most distinguished and decisive contribution / service at local level within a certain field or for discipline; a contribution / service that has led to the enhancement of life / outcomes for the Gibraltarian Community. 

  • British Empire Medal (BEM). Awarded for a most distinguished and decisive ‘hands- on’ contribution / service at a local level within a certain field or discipline; a contribution / service that has led to the enhancement of life / outcomes for the Gibraltarian Community. 

  • Gibraltar Award (GA). Awarded for a most distinguished and decisive ‘hands-on’ contribution / service at a local level within a certain field or discipline; a contribution / service that has led to the enhancement of life / outcomes for the Gibraltarian Community. 


A Recipient’s Experience

By Mr Nobert Nicholas Sene MBE

On 21st November 2018, I attended Buckingham Palace for the investiture of my MBE, awarded at the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours back in June. I will describe my experience from the onset. When His Excellency the Governor telephoned me and said, “I have been instructed by Her Majesty The Queen that she wishes to award you the MBE for your services 
to Gibraltar, will you accept it”? I was speechless and very humbled; and naturally, I accepted. It was very difficult to keep to myself, but I was told not to announce it until the official announcement, which back then was just over 3 weeks’ time. I must reiterate, it was very difficult to keep to myself, but I persevered.

My family and friends were delighted with the official announcement, and I received many warm congratulations. I later then received a letter informing me that the Investiture was to be held at Buckingham Palace, so off we went to London.

On arrival at Buckingham Palace, my family went to sit in the Ballroom where the ceremony was being held, while I was ushered to a separate room where all the recipients met. In the waiting room, we were informed that HRH Prince Charles would conduct the Investitures, what the order of service was, and given instructions on how the ceremony would proceed calling small groups of recipients at a time. Whilst waiting, I got the opportunity to meet some truly deserving people with very interesting stories of achievement.

It was a very special and overwhelming experience to receive my MBE from HRH Prince Charles, who was very interested in the work I did. We each had his undivided attention and the opportunity for a short conversation with him. I was very proud to represent Gibraltar at the ceremony.

It has been a truly proud yet humbling experience but I have to thank my family especially my wife for supporting me in the work I have done.

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