Who's Who in Ipswich?

WHAT does Suffolk chief Andrea Hill have in common with James Bond star Daniel Craig?

WHAT does Suffolk chief Andrea Hill have in common with James Bond star Daniel Craig?

They've both found their way into the bible of celebrity - Who's Who.

And two more Ipswich figures are set to make their debut in the new edition of Who's Who, alongside US president-elect Barack Obama and Daniel "James Bond" Craig.

Inclusion in Who's Who - which contains potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the richest, most famous and most influential people - is by invitation only, so this is an accolade for Zoe van Zwanenberg, Ipswich-born chief executive of the Scottish Leadership Foundation; and Michael Carr, chief science officer at BT in Martlesham Heath; and the other 844 personalities appearing in Who's Who for the first time.

Ms van Zwanenberg - who celebrates her 56th birthday later this month - was director of human resources at Anglia Railways between 1993 and 1996.

Now living in Scotland, she has been chief executive of the Scottish Leadership Foundation since 2001. The Foundation is an independent company whose aim is to "develop leadership across all of Scotland's public services."

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Michael Carr, 53, has been chief science officer with BT at Martlesham Heath since last year.

Joining Ms van Zwanenberg and Mr Carr in Who's Who for the first time are, among others, Barack Obama, actor Daniel Craig, television newsreader Sophie Raworth and Cambridge-born Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour.

The arrival of Ms van Zwanenberg and Mr Carr further swells the Ipswich contingent in Who's Who.

For already in the book are :

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, based in Park Road, Ipswich

Ipswich MP Chris Mole

Suffolk County Council's £200,000 a year chief executive Andrea Hill

Ipswich-born theatre and film director, Sir Trevor Nunn, who was educated at Northgate grammar school, Ipswich.

These Ipswich figures and all the others will now remain in Who's Who until they die,when they will be automatically transferred to Who Was Who.

The new 2009 edition of Who's Who will be published by A & C Black at £200.

PANEL - HISTORY

First edition of Who's Who was published in 1849.

It listed ranks and appointments and the names of those holding them and included the Royal Household, members of the House of Peers and House of Commons and British Envoys abroad but gave no biographical details about them.

In 1896 A&C Black took over and made substantial changes which included autobiographical entries.

Throughout the 20th century Who's Who reflected the many changes taking place in the world and during the second world war Winston Churchill personally intervened to ensure it was not affected by the paper shortage.

WHO'S IN IT AND WHY

Who's Who contains biographies of people from all walks of life including the arts, business, the civil service, education and sport.

People have to be invited to be included in Who's Who and an invitation recognises distinction and influence.

The majority of Who's Who biographees are included in the recognition of the distinction they have attained in their professional lives and the influence they exert on British society.

MPs, senior judges and high-ranking civil servants have an entry as a matter of course but for those who do not fit into these categories a selection board meets regularly to discuss potential entrants.

Source: Who's Who.

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