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Whos Who – NEW NAMES OF 2004

What, for instance, makes a business heroine of someone who, according to the listings, has no claim to fame beyond non-executive directorships of a couple of lower-league retailers such as Mothercare and Austin Reed? Yet Angela Heylin is in the list while Philip Green, now the country’s most important shopkeeper, is not – because, says Who’s Who he has refused to be included. Green’s empire spans BhS and Arcadia, the group that encompasses such high street names as Top Shop and Burton. And Green owns the businesses rather than merely fronting them for shareholders.

Perhaps Who’s Who still clings to the idea that it is only publicly quoted companies which have power and influence, whereas it is in the unquoted sector where much of the excitement took place last year and is likely to continue this year. Jon Moulton, who runs Alchemy Partners and, very publicly, tried to buy Rover, surely deserves a mention? But he has not measured up to Who’s Who standards.

But automatically including employees because of their jobs at the top of FTSE companies can be dangerous. Beverley Hodson, who has caught Who’s Who’s attention for the first time in her role as managing director of UK retailing at WH Smith, a title she has actually held since 1997, made it with just days to spare. She was booted out of the business last week, her exit accompanied by some highly disparaging remarks from the new chief executive about the way in which the retail business had been run. Another new entrant, Paul Mason, must have clambered on to this year’s list because of his recent appointment as chief executive of Matalan but, as the listing now records, he is no longer with the retailer. He was was ousted in March last year, after a mere 14 months in the job.

Vittorio Radice is another refusenik. He had a huge impact on Selfridges when he was chief executive and now, as a main board director of Marks & Spencer overseeing its new home-wares business, could have a major impact on the high street. But while France Taruschio, the chief at the Walnut Tree Inn in Abergavenny until 2001, can glory in his inclusion in Who’s Who, Radice remains uncredited, although his successor at Selfridges, Peter Williams, is in this year’s intake.

Being the author of learned papers clearly goes some way to impressing the gatekeepers. Dr Lydia Brown is listed as a business entrant because of her directorship of Alpharma Animal Health, but it was probably her paper on “Rearing Healthy Fish under Primitive Conditions” that assured her of fame. Roderick Muttram runs an engineering consultancy; being the author of that 1996 bestseller The Yellow Book on Engineering Safety Management mush have carried influence

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BALOGUN-LYNCH,
Christopher Charles, FRCSE, FRCOG; Consultant Obstericain and Gynaecological Surgeon, Milton Keynes General Hospital, since 1984; b 1 Oct 1947;s of late Prof, Prince E. Balogun-Lynch and Jane A. Balogun-Lynch; m 1986, Julia Caroline Klinner; one s three d. Educ; Christ Church, Oxford (MA); St Bartholomew’s Hosp., London (MB BS). FRCSE 1979; FRCOG 1991; MCIArb 1999-;QDR. Surgeon in private practice, Harley St, 1984- Royal Coll. Tutor and Trainer in Minimal Access Surgery, 1995- Hon. Vis. Gynaecological Cancer Surgeon , Northampton Gen. Hosp., 2001. Introduced carbon dioxide laser, Yag laser and keyhole surgery techniques to Milton Keynes Hosp., 1985-2003; innovator of new technology and obststric and gynaecological surgical techniques, now in worldwide application. Has lectured in Sydney, Cape Town, USA, Italy and various centres in UK , 1988-. Founder, Myrtle Peach Trust for Gynaecological Cancer Prevention ans Res., 1985. Liveryman, Soc. of Apothecaries, 1983-.MAE 1992; FLLA. Fellow, Royal Soc. of St George, 2002. DUniv Open, 1997. Serono Labs (UK) Award for Assisted Conception, 1987. Publications; (contrib.) The B-Lynch Surgical Technique for PPH management mentioned in  High Risk Pregnancy Managment Options, 2nd edn, 1999; (contrib.)  The B-Lynch Surgical Technique for PPH management mentioned in  Dewhurst’s Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Postgraduates, 6th edn, 2002.  numerous contribs to medical, surgical, scientific, clinical, enoscopic surgery, medicolegal end educational papers in leading jls.

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