Around 700 new entries are included in Who’s Who 2019, a selection of which appear here.
Credit for photograph of Maggie Philbin, OBE: Chris Brock
Born in Manchester, science and technology broadcaster Maggie Philbin started her career in 1978 as a presenter of BBC’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. She went on to be a reporter for Tomorrow’s World and Hospital Watch. Since 2008 she has been CEO of TeenTech. In her spare time she enjoys film, food, hiking, reading and talking!
Credit for photograph of Jason Watkins: Andrew Baker/Child Bereavement UK
Actor Jason Watkins began in theatre and appeared in the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. On our television screens he is known for Being Human, W1A, Taboo, Line of Duty and A Very English Scandal. He is Patron of SLOW and Child Bereavement UK, and Ambassador of the UK Sepsis Trust. His recreations include ‘dealing with my dyslexia’ and ‘compassion’.
Credit for photograph of Dawn Hill: Justin Ince
Born in Jamaica, Dawn Hill trained as a nurse and worked in various NHS hospitals before becoming a management consultant. In 2012 she became Chair of Black Cultural Archives and in 2018 received a CBE for her contribution to collecting and preserving the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. In her spare time she enjoys ballet, music, fashion, art, paintings, football and tennis.
Gordon Reid started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 and was GB National Champion by 2007. He won Gold and Silver Medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and has been the Doubles winner at Wimbledon for 2016, 2017 and 2018. When not competing at tennis he enjoys wheelchair basketball.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to the Office of Who’s Who, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP.