Who's Who 2017

WHO'S WHO 2017


169th annual edition

Published 5th December, 2016

Hardback - £295


"The unrivalled compendium of the good and the great" Daily Telegraph

"Britain's most famous reference book" Daily Mail


Who’s Who 2017 is the 169th edition of one of the world’s most established and comprehensive reference books, brought right up to date with almost 1,000 new entries for the year ahead.

It contains more than 33,000 autobiographical entries, carefully updated for maximum accuracy from information personally supplied by the biographee. Who's Who includes people from all walks of life: government, law, science, business, the church, sport, media and the arts.

The online version, published by Oxford University Press, is available at www.ukwhoswho.com


So, Who's Who in 2017?


Gliding into this year’s edition is Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet, Francesca Hayward, who at 24 is also the youngest new entrant. The contingent of youth continues across stage and screen with the inclusion of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe along with fellow actors Ben Whishaw, Steve Pemberton and David Oyelowo, OBE, whose critically aclaimed film A United Kingdom hits UK cinemas this season. Intrepid broadcaster Simon Reeve also makes it, listing chopping wood, sunny beaches, long walks and cold beers as recreations when he’s not travelling to little-known areas of the world to make documentaries.



The power of the written word is reflected in the arrival of several authors to Who's Who 2017, including historian Tracy Borman, who cites walking, cycling and seeking out the best coffee and cakes in London among her favourite pastimes, the screenwriter Jon Ronson, and authors Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and Martin Sixsmith (The Lost Child of Philomena Lee). In the sphere of journalism, Sunday Times Political Editor Timothy Shipman, ITV News National Editor Allegra Stratton, and Metro Editor Edward Young all land on the Who's Who pages, while publishing houses have plenty of names added to the list, including Penguin Random House (Venetia Butterfield, Viking's Publishing Director), Atlantic Books (William Atkinson, MD and Publisher) and Head of Zeus (Amanda Ridout, CEO).



Entrants from the world of finance remain bullish in number for 2017, with Citigroup Global Markets’ CEO James Bardrick, founder partner of MML Capital Partners LLP Rory Brooks, and Schroders plc Chief Executive Peter Harrison making welcome additions. In the transport sector, Network Rail’s Chief Executive Mark Carne and Crossrail 2’s Managing Director Dr Michèle Dix are timely arrivals, while other areas of business are built on with the inclusion of LEGO Group CEO and President Jørgen Knudstrop.



Jennifer Body, former head of Research and Technology at Airbus UK lands in the Who's Who pages, as does Dr Michael Burrows, Distinguished Engineer at Google Inc. On a similar online front, Dara Nasr, Managing Director of Twitter UK, is also new to the book; so too is Colin Smith, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce Group plc.



Timothy Johnson, Chief Executive of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Dame Zarine Kharas joint founder and CEO of JustGiving.com, Col Timothy Page, Chief Executive of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and Lady Sorrell, Co-Chair of the Sorrell Foundation all join the ranks of Who's Who this year. Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support is also included for the first time.



For editors: 

Katy McAdam, Head of Yearbooks at Bloomsbury Publishing, and official spokesperson for Who’s Who, is available for interview in London on publication, by prior arrangement with Lucy Clayton.

Please contact Lucy Clayton in the Bloomsbury press office on 020 7631 5750 or at lucy.clayton@bloomsbury.com

Who's Who 2017 and Who Was Who are available online exclusively from Oxford University Press. The online edition of Who's Who makes searching through the biographical entries easier than ever before. Visit www.ukwhoswho.com

For further information about the online edition of Who's Who please contact Katie Stileman at OUP on 01865 353344 or Katherine.Stileman@oup.com

Freelance journalist Dick Barton will be covering the majority of regional news stories; if you would like him to write a piece for you please contact Lucy Clayton at Bloomsbury.

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