South Yorkshire stars in Who’s Who

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Thirteen South Yorkshire people - nine from Sheffield, three from Rotherham and a Doncaster man - are among the 1,000 new names in the 2012 edition of Who’s Who, published today.

Inclusion in the world-famous reference book, which contains potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the most important, influential and talented people in Britain and elsewhere, is by invitation only.

This year, the South Yorkshire contingent are joined by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish; England manager Fabio Capello, former world motor racing champion Jenson Button, award winning actress Sally Hawkins and comedian Hugh Dennis.

The nine Sheffield personalities are: Sir Andrew Cash, 56, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Professor Maurice Skolnick, professor of condensed matter physics and Professor Alan Walker, 62, professor of social policy and social gerontology both at the University of Sheffield and Linda Lee, 49, a Sheffield-born lawyer and president of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Also included are Frances Coulson, a solicitor and former Sheffield High School for Girls pupil, who celebrates her 50th birthday on December 23; Alastair Muirhead, 58, who is managing partner of London-based Phoenix Equity Partners; Judge Jonathan Taaffe, 50, a district judge based in Manchester; Deborah Abrahams, 51, a Sheffield-born Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Philip Attwood, 57, the Sheffield-born Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum in London.

The 2012 Who’s Who is published by A & C Black today priced £225.