Around 750 new entries are included in Who’s Who 2018, a selection of which appear here.
Monica Galetti is a television presenter and Chef Proprietor of Mere Restaurant. She started her career as a chef at Le Gavroche and has been involved with Masterchef: the professionals since 2008. She has also presented Amazing Hotels: life beyond the lobby. She is Patron of the Royal London Blind Society and in her spare time she enjoys spa days.
Sir John Timpson, CBE started work in 1960 as a shoe shop assistant and then became a trainee at Clarks Shoes. He joined the family footwear business William Timpson Ltd and has been Chairman of the shoe repairing and key cutting business Timpson Ltd since 1985. In 2017 he was knighted for his services to business and to fostering children, and he has written books on both subjects.
Credit for photograph of Susie Orbach: Andrew Crowley
Dr Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst to individuals, couples and groups. Born in London, she studied in New York and was Co-Founder of the Women’s Therapy Centre in London in 1976. She co-founded a similar centre in New York in 1981. A broadcaster and lecturer, she has written many books including Fat is a Feminist Issue, Hunger Strike, The Impossibility of Sex, and In Therapy.
Writer and mathematician Alexander Bellos started as a reporter with the Brighton Evening Argus, later moving to The Guardian where he still writes a maths and puzzles blog. He is the inventor of Loop (pool played on an elliptical table). When not writing books on Brazil, football and mathematics, he enjoys films, music and cycling.
Born in Wolverhampton, Sathnam Sanghera, FRSL began as a news reporter at the Financial Times and received the British Press Award for Young Journalist of the Year in 2002. He has been a columnist for The Times since 2007 and his memoir, The Boy With The Topknot, has recently been televised. He is also the author of Marriage Material: a novel. He lists his recreations as motoring, music and Pizza Express.
Art historian and writer Dr Bendor Grosvenor is a presenter of television programmes including Fake or Fortune, The Culture Show and Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. He is the joint author of Crap MPs: the worst Members of Parliament in history. In his spare time he likes looking at paintings, war films, bedtime stories, Scotland, evangelising and challenging conventional wisdom.
Food writer and restaurant critic Tom Parker Bowles has been a presenter of the television series Market Kitchen and is a Judge on Family Food Fight. His books include The year of Eating Dangerously, Full English and Let’s Eat Meat. In his spare time he enjoys eating, drinking and dawdling.
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 35,000 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 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 email@example.com or post it to the Office of Who’s Who, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP.