Who’s New in Who’s Who 2015?
Around 900 new entries are included in Who’s Who 2015, a selection of which appear here.
Bec Astley Clarke, MBE
Celebrating jewellery design and craftsmanship, Bec Astley Clarke founded the luxury jewellery business Astley Clarke in 2006. She was awarded an MBE in 2013. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, running and Seinfeld.
Founder and Chair of the Human Rights Foundation, Bianca Jagger started her career as an actress in films and on television. She has won many awards for her work on human rights and civil liberties and contributes to various newspapers. As well as yoga and Tweeting, she enjoys walking in the rainforest and taking photographs.
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Born in Kuwait City, chef Oliver Dabbous opened his London restaurant, Dabbous, in 2012, with his more casual-dining Barnyard restaurant opening in 2014. Previously he worked for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Au Quat' Saisons for four years. Dabbous: the cookbook was published in 2014.
Paul O’Grady, MBE
Drag queen and entertainer, Paul O’Grady, MBE has presented a wide range of television series, from The Lily Savage Show, Blankety Blank and The Paul O’Grady Show, to For the Love of Dogs and Animal Orphans. As well as being a Radio 2 presenter, in theatre he has appeared in Prisoner Cell Block H - the Musical, Annie, Snow White, Aladdin and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His recreations are just as varied, from being a fire eater and smallholder to conservationist and gay activist.
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Entrepreneur Piers Linney is the Co-Founder and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Cloud-based services provider Outsourcery plc. Originally qualified as a solicitor and later moving into corporate finance and investment, he appears on the BBC television series Dragons’ Den. In 2014 he founded workinsight.org, a national digital platform to create opportunity and inspire young people. He enjoys downhill mountain biking and cycling, personal fitness, motor boating and field target shooting.
Baritone Roderick Williams has sung with various orchestras and ensembles in Britain and around the world. In 2014 he was the soloist at the Last Night of the Proms. Having begun his career as Head of Choral Studies at Tiffin Boys’ School, he is also the composer of works performed at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and the Purcell Room.
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Timothy Peake is an astronaut at the European Space Agency based in Germany. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronatical Society, he qualified as a helicopter pilot and then became an instructor and later a test pilot. In his spare time he enjoys diving, ski-ing, flying and family.
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.