Over 400 new entries are included in Who’s Who 2022, a selection of which appear here.
Make-up artist Dame Patricia McGrath held creative design roles at Procter & Gamble, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana before founding Pat McGrath Labs in 2015. She was awarded a DBE in 2021 for her services to the fashion and beauty industry and to diversity.
Born in Knutsford, Cheshire, James Timpson has been Chief Executive of Timpson Group since 2002. He is also Chair of the Prison Reform Trust and Trustee of Tate. His OBE was awarded for services to training and employment of disadvantaged people.
Publisher Juliet Mabey, OBE began her career as a circus hand with Robert Brothers Circus and a general farm worker on the Goodwood Estate before establishing Oneworld Publications in 1986. In her spare time she enjoys ceramics, cooking, walking, riding, swimming, theatre, ballet and family.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Farooq Chaudhry became a dancer in 1985, later becoming a producer. He has been Executive Producer of the Akram Khan Company since 2000 and is also Director, Skye Blue Productions and Artistic Director of China House Arts. His recreations include Asian aesthetics and watching football.
Artist, designer and maker Dr Zoe Laughlin was born in Margate, Kent. She is Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making at University College London and presenter of television programmes including The Secret Story of Stuff and How to Make.
Screenwriter, executive producer and showrunner Simon Blackwell was born in Battersea, London. He started his career as a drummer, librarian, technical writer and sub-editor before becoming a comedy writer. His work includes The Thick of It, Peep Show, Veep and The Personal History of David Copperfield. He spends his spare time playing music, walking and worrying.
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.