Preston trio join rich and famous in Who’s Who

Big honour: Michael Wignall, Christine Hodgson and Brian Cookson
Big honour: Michael Wignall, Christine Hodgson and Brian Cookson
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Three Preston people are among the 850 new names in the newly-published 2015 edition of Who’s Who.

Inclusion in the world-famous reference book,which contains potted biographies of 33,000 is by invitation only, so this is an accolade for all the newcomers and they include:

• Preston-born Michelin Star chef Michael Wignall, 47, who was educated at St Cuthbert Mayne High School, Preston, and Preston College, and after training under Paul Heathcote at Broughton Park, now The Marriott in Preston, he has gone on to become one of Britain’s finest chefs, frequently collecting awards and Michelin Stars.

• Preston-born Christine Hodgson, 50, grew up on a poultry farm in Lancashire and now, as executive chairman of London-based IT 
and consulting firm, Capgemini UK plc, she is one of Britain’s most dynamic businesswomen.

• Preston-born Brian Cookson, 63, who was president of British Cycling between 1997 and 2013 and is now the president of Union Cycliste Internationale cycling’s international federation. Mr Cookson was educated at Hutton grammar school, Preston.

The trio line up alongside, among others, Sir Mick Jagger’s ex-wife, Bianca, Blur star Damon Albarn, entertainer Paul O’Grady and television presenter Julia Bradbury, who are also appearing in Who’s Who for the first time.

Everyone in Who’s Who, with the possible exception of the fugitive peer, Lord Lucan, who vanished in November 1974, but who nevertheless retains his place in Who’s Who (until he is confirmed dead), is invited to compile his or her own entry, so entries can be as long or as short as celebrities wish.

The entries of the Preston trio are brief and modest.

Mrs Hodgson explains her life in just seven lines, Mr Cookson’s entry contains eight lines, while Mr Wignall’s crams everything into 16 lines, which is one line more than the fifteen-line entry of Pope Francis and two-lines more than the 14-line entry 
of US President Barack Obama.

The Preston trio, Bianca Jagger and all the others will now remain in Who’s Who until they die, when they will be automatically transferred to Who’s Who sister publication, Who Was Who.

n The 2015 edition of Who’s Who is published this week by A and C Black at £262.50.