Who’s New in Who’s Who 2016?
Around 1,000 new entries are included in Who’s Who 2016, a selection of which appear here.
Born in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is a campaigner for education and aged just 17, she won the Nobel Peace Prize. She is co-founder of the Malala Fund which seeks to enable girls to complete 12 years of education in disadvantaged communities around the world.
Photograph © Antonio Olmos
A former member of the British Bobsleigh Team, Simon Timson is Director of Performance at UK Sport. He is an accredited sport and exercise scientist, and in his spare time he enjoys yet more ski-ing and sport!
Alex Chesterman launched the residential property selling website Zoopla in 2007. Previously he founded the DVD rental website Lovefilm, having started his career as an executive at Planet Hollywood and then at Bagelmania. His recreations include tennis and ping pong.
Writer, illustrator and painter Christopher Priestley studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. He created cartoons for The Economist, Independent, Statesman and Observer before turning his attention to writing books for children and teenagers. When not working he enjoys hill-walking, looking round old buildings and ancient sites, talking and thinking.
Photograph © Richard Klíčník
Timothy Webber has been the visual effects supervisor of films including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Dark Knight, Avatar and Gravity, for which he won an Oscar and BAFTA award. He became Chief Creative Officer of Framestore in 1998. His recreations are art, photography, cinema, croquet and family.
Sophie Cornish is Co-Founder and Director of notonthehighstreet.com, a unique online department store offering original lifestyle products. She began her career as writer and editor at Cosmopolitan and she tells the story of how to create a successful business in the book “Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table”. She was awarded an MBE in 2013.
Who’s Who contains biographies of all kinds of people from all parts of the world and from all walks of life: the arts, business and finance, the church, the civil service, education, entertainment, sport, government, the law, local government, the media, medicine, professional institutions, science and the trade unions.
Each edition of Who’s Who now contains over 33,000 entries, with approximately one thousand new names appearing for the first time each year.
Uniquely among biographical reference works, entries in Who’s Who are retained for the life of the biographee (being transferred on his or her death to Who Was Who). Who’s Who therefore has an unrivalled historical perspective, listing those who lead and influence the world today, side by side with their living predecessors.
HOW ARE PEOPLE CHOSEN FOR INCLUSION?
An invitation to appear in Who’s Who recognises distinction and influence.
‘What is it that really puts the stamp of eminence on a modern British life? Two things count today: having an entry in Who’s Who and being asked to choose your eight favourite records on BBC’s Desert Island Discs.’ – The Wall Street Journal
The editor of the 1897 edition wrote in his preface that Who’s Who seeks to recognise people whose “prominence is inherited, or depending on office, or the result of ability which singles them out from their fellows”. In essence, this continues to be the policy for selection into Who’s Who today.
The majority of Who’s Who biographees are included in recognition of the distinction they have attained in their professional lives, and the influence they exert on British society, ranging from politicians and academics to musicians and film directors. Whilst the majority of entrants are British, notable individuals from across the world are included due to their presence and importance in British and international life.
The holders of some posts, such as MPs, senior judges and high-ranking civil servants, are invited to have an entry an entry as a matter of course, when the appointment itself is of general public interest. For those who do not fit into these categories, a Selection Board meets regularly during the preparation for each edition of Who’s Who to discuss potential entrants. The Selection Board reviews those people whose professions are less rigidly structured, such as artists, actors and sportsmen, as well as professors, scientists and businesspeople. Prominent figures in numerous fields are considered by the Board on the basis of their continuing achievements, and ultimately selected due to their exceptional pre-eminence. Where necessary, the Selection Board consults those with specialist knowledge.
Who’s Who also includes a comprehensive listing of the holders of UK hereditary titles, from Duke to baronet, who are invited automatically. These entries make up approximately 10% of the total listings.
If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration by the Selection Board, please send a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
or post it to the Office of Who’s Who, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP.