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ABBS DEBRETT’S PEOPLE OF TODAY 2012 A A a` BRASSARD, Nigel Courtenay; s of Maj Herbert Forbes a` Brassard, of Oxfordshire, and Elisabeth Kane, ne´e McCue; b 7 June 1955, London; Educ Cheltenham Coll, KCL (BA); m 16 March 1996, Ade`le, da of Dr and Mrs Herman Dexter Webster, of New Orleans, Louisiana; 2 s (Louis Forbes b 20 Dec 1996, William Claiborne b 5 Oct 1999), 1 da (Celeste Ninette b 22 Sept 2001); Career Samuel Montagu Co Ltd London 1977–86, seconded to Dominguez Barry Samuel Montagu Ltd Sydney 1984–85; md Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Ltd 1986–2001, dir Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Iberfomento SA, global head equity capital markets, head of M&A and head of corp fin Dresdner Kleinwort Benson North America 2001–, md Lenox Hill Investments Ltd 2001–; conslt London Bridge Capital 2007–08, chm and fndr Four Elements Capital Ltd 2008–, dir and fndr Clarendon Academies Ltd 2009–; ambass FIP (Int Polo Fedn), memb Fin Ctee Hurlingham Polo Assoc; Publications Modern Merchant Banking, SCP Guide for Issuers and Investors, A Glorious Victory - A Glorious Defeat, A Posthumous Life - Keats in Rome, Tommy Hitchcock - A Tribute, Profiles in Polo; Recreations polo, cricket, real tennis; Clubs Buck’s, Hurlingham, Pilgrims, Cirencester Park Polo, MCC, Sydney Cricket Ground, Winchester House, Krewe d’Etat, Shuttlecock, Radley Coll Real Tennis; Style— Nigel a` Brassard, Esq AARONS, Elaine; da of Lionel Freedman, of Manchester, and Freda Freedman; b 7 February 1958, Manchester; Educ Manchester HS for Girls, KCL (LLB); m 28 June 1977, Dr Stephen Aarons; 2 da (Elizabeth Ruth b 12 Jan 1985, Abigail Rivka b 27 April 1991), 1 s (Robert Joshua b 24 April 1987); Career admitted slr 1982; slr specialising in employment law; asst slr Norton Rose 1980–89, ptnr Eversheds 1989–2006, princ Withers LLP 2006–; memb Editorial Bd Complinet HR; memb Mgmnt Ctee Employment Lawyers’ Assoc 1992–2001 (sometime trg co-ordinator, chair Legislative and Policy Ctee and co sec), chair Employers Forum on Social Policy 1997–, vice-chair Employment Law Sub-Ctee London Law Soc 2003–; govr Hasmonean HS 2002–03, fndr N London Learning Prog for Girls 2003; Publications Tolleys Termination of Employment (gen ed); Recreations entertaining, charitable events; Style— Mrs Elaine Aarons AARONSON, Graham Raphael; QC (1982); s of Jack Aaronson (d 1973), of London, and Dora, ne´e Franks (d 2007); b 31 December 1944; Educ City of London Sch, Trinity Hall Cambridge (MA); m 1 (m dis 1992); 2 s (Oran b 1968, Avi b 1974), 1 da (Orit b 1970); m 2, 12 May 1993, Pearl Isobel, da of Harold Rose, and Berta Rose (d 2001); 2 step s (Adam b 1976, Simon b 1986), 1 step da (Sara b 1978); Career called to the Bar Middle Temple 1966 (bencher 1991); md Worldwide Plastics Development Ltd 1973–77, fndr Standford Grange Rehabilitation Centre for Ex-Offenders, advsr on taxation Treasy Israel 1986–92; chm: Tax Law Review Ctee 1994–98, Revenue Bar Assoc 1995–98, Dietary Res Fndn 1989–91; Style— Graham Aaronson, Esq, QC; K Pump Court Tax Chambers, 16 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EB AARONSON, Sir Michael John (Mike); kt (2006), CBE (2000); s of Edward John (Jack) Aaronson, of Wanborough, Wilts, and late Marian, ne´e Davies; b 8 September 1947; Educ Merchant Taylors’ Sch Northwood, St John’s Coll Oxford (Sir Thomas White scholar, Trevelyan scholar, MA); m 27 Aug 1988, Andrene Margaret Dundas, da of late John Sutherland; 1 da (Katherine Sara Dundas b 22 Feb 1989), 2 s (Benedict Lodwick MacGregor b 24 Aug 1991, Nathanael Aeron Sutherland b 10 Feb 1994); Career field co-ordinator Nigeria Save the Children Fund 1969–71; HM Dip Serv 1972–88: third, second and first sec Paris 1973–77, Lagos 1981–83, Rangoon 1987–88; DG Save the Children Fund 1995–2005 (overseas dir 1988–95), dir Oxford Policy Mgmnt Ltd 2006–; UK rep EC NGO Liaison Ctee 1994–2000, pres EC NGO Liaison Ctee 1998–2000; govr Westminster Fndn for Democracy 2001–07 (vice-chair 2006–07), chair Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Geneva 2001–08; visiting fell Nuffield Coll Oxford 2004–, hon visiting prof Univ of Surrey 2008–; Civil Serv cmmr 2007–; chm Frimley Park Hosp NHS Fndn Tst 2006–, sr concept developer NATO 2006–, dir Corporates for Crisis Ltd 2008–09; Freeman: City of London, Worshipful Co of Merchant Taylors; FRSA; Recreations sports, the performing arts; Clubs MCC; Style— Sir Michael Aaronson, CBE; K Dingley Dell, 166 Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey GU3 2EB (tel 01483 811655, fax 0870 052 0566, e-mail AARONSON, Robin Hugh; s of Edward John (Jack) Aaronson, of Bishop’s Cannings, Wilts, and Marian, ne´e Davies; b 7 July 1951; Educ Merchant Taylors’, Balliol Coll Oxford (MA, OU Prize for Comparative Philology, pres Dramatic Soc), LSE (MSc, Eli Devons Prize for Economics), Metanoia Inst (BA); m 1 (m dis), Janet Charmian Christabel, da of Joseph Evans; m 2, Veronica Fay, da of Ronald Feltham; 1 s (Matthew John), 3 step c; Career admin trainee MOD 1974–80 (on secondment to LSE 1978–80), economic advsr HM Treasy 1980–86 (speechwriter to Chancellor of the Exchequer, advsr on economic effects of tax changes), sr economic advsr Monopolies and Mergers Cmmn 1986–89 (advsr on numerous investigations); PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand before merger): joined as mangr 1989, ptnr responsible for competition policy advice servs 1993–98; dir: LECG Ltd 1998–2009, Akousis Counselling Ltd 2003–, Forest of Dreams Ltd 2007–; visiting lectr on Euro competition policy Centre des E´tudes Europe´ennes Strasbourg 1994–97, specialist advsr House of Commons Trade and Industry Ctee 1991; memb Bd Countrywide Workshops Charitable Tst 1998–2001; memb PO Users Nat Cncl 1998–2000, memb Postal Services Cmmn 2000–06, memb Competition Cmmn 2009–; Recreations mountains, photography, gardening; Style— Robin Aaronson, Esq; K Akousis, 1 Fairlawn Road, Bristol BS6 5JR (tel 0117 924 7154, e-mail ABBESS, Lynne Margaret; da of Lawrence Peter Abbess (d 2003), and Margaret Thelma, ne´e Scott (d 1986); b 1956, Kent; Educ Newstead Wood Sch for Girls, Kingston Univ (LLB), Coll of Law Guildford; Career admitted slr 1982; Hempsons Slrs: articled clerk 1980, ptnr 1985–; fndr and creator; memb: Law Soc 1982, Assoc of Partnership of Practitioners (former hon sec), Ctee Primary Care Premises Forum; Publications The Law and General Practice: Partnership Agreements (contrib), Making Sense of Partnerships: When Partners Fall Out - Legal Remedies (contrib), A Practitioner’s Guide to Partnership and LLP Law and Regulation (contrib), Primary Healthcare Premises: An Expert Guide (co-ed); regular columnist GP and Medeconomics; Style— Miss Lynne Abbess; K Hempsons, Hempsons House, 40 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NJ (tel 020 7484 7609, fax 020 7484 7565, e-mail ABBISS, Jim; Career music prodr; albums incl: Kasabian (Kasabian) 2004, The Back Room (Editors) 2005, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Arctic Monkeys) 2006 (UK no 1, Mercury Music Prize 2006), Empire (Kasabian) 2006 (UK no 1), 19 (Adele) 2008 (UK no 1), Tiger Suit (KT Tunstall) 2010, 21 (Adele) 2011 (UK no 1, US no 1); Style— Jim Abbiss, Esq; K c/o This Much Talent, The Fan Club, 133 Kilburn Lane, London W10 4AN ABBOTT, Diane Julie; MP; b 27 September 1953; Educ Harrow County Girls’ GS, Newnham Coll Cambridge; Children 1 s (James Alexander Abbott-Thompson b 21 Oct 1991); Career successively: admin trainee Home Office, race relations offr NCCL, researcher Thames TV, reporter TV-am, equality offr ACTT, press and PR offr GLC, princ press offr Lambeth BC; MP (Lab) Hackney North and Stoke Newington 1987–; memb: Treasy Select Ctee 1989–97, Foreign Affrs Select Ctee 1997–2001; joined Lab Pty 1971, memb Lab Pty Nat Exec, sec Campaign Gp of Lab MPs 1992–; memb Westminster City Cncl 1982–86; Style— Ms Diane Abbott, MP; K House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (tel 020 7219 4426, fax 020 7219 4964) ABBOTT, Laurie; Educ SW Tech Coll London; Career architect; Team 4 1964–71, Piano + Rogers 1971–77, dir Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (formerly Richard Rogers Partnership) 1977–; Projects incl: Creek Vean Cornwall, Reliance Controls electronics factory Wilts, Pompidou Centre Paris, Coin Street, Whittington Avenue, Royal Acad exhibit ‘London as it could be’, London Royal Docks strategic plan, London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, Lloyd’s Bldg, offices for Daimler Benz in Berlin, housing in Berlin; conslt to Fiat with Ove Arup and Partners; Style— Laurie Abbott, Esq ABBOTT, Adm Sir Peter Charles; GBE (1999), KCB (1994); b 12 February 1942; Educ St Edward’s Sch Oxford, Queens’ Coll Cambridge (MA), RCDS; m 1965, Susan, ne´e Grey; 3 da; Career articled clerk Blackburn Robson Coates and 2 Lt RMFVR 1963, resigned and joined RN as Sub Lt 1964; CO HMS Chawton 1972, on staff of Sr Naval Offr W Indies and promoted Cdr 1975, CO HMS Ambuscade 1976, 2 i/c HMS Bulwark and promoted Capt 1980, Chief of Defence Staff briefer during Falklands War 1982, CO HMS Ajax and First Frigate Sqdn 1983, RCDS 1985, Dir of Navy Plans 1985–89, promoted Rear Adm 1989, Flag Offr Second Flotilla 1989–91 in HM Ships Ark Royal, Cumberland, London, Argonaut and Cardiff, Asst Chief of Naval Staff 1991–93, promoted Vice Adm 1993, Dep Supreme Allied Cdr Atlantic 1993–95, promoted Adm 1995, C-in-C Fleet 1995–97, Vice Chief of Defence Staff 1997–2001; cmmr Cwlth War Graves 2001–06; conslt Bechtel 2003–; chm of tstees: Royal Naval Museum, Nat Museum of the Royal Navy 2008–; Style— Adm Sir Peter Abbott, GBE, KCB ABBOTT, Stephen (Steve); s of Wilfrid Lockley Abbott (d 2006), of Bradford, W Yorks, and Lily Templeton, ne´e Limbert; b 28 July 1954, Bradford, Yorks; Educ Bradford GS, CCC Cambridge (MA); m 1992 (m dis 1998), Karen Lesley Lewis; 1 da (Francesca b 1986), 1 s (James Alexander b 1989); Career film and television producer; Price Waterhouse London 1976–79, Hand Made Films London 1979–81, Mayday Management Ltd 1981–, chm Prominent Features Ltd 1989– (md 1986–89), dir Prominent Television 1992– (exec prodr Himalaya 2004, New Europe 2007 and Around the World in 20 Years 2008 (all with Michael Palin)); dir: Nat Film Tstee Co Ltd 2002–06, Urban Rock Ltd 2004–; chair Screen Yorkshire 2002–, tstee Training and Performance Showcase 2001–06, chair Bradford City of Film 2007–; ambass to City of Bradford 1997; memb: AMPAS, BAFTA, EFA (Euro Film Acad); Hon DLitt Univ of Bradford 1998; FCA 1990 (ACA 1979), FRSA 1999; Films exec prodr: A Fish Called Wanda 1988, Fierce Creatures 1995 (released 1997); prodr: American Friends 1990, Blame It On the Bellboy 1991, Brassed Off 1996; Recreations Bradford City AFC; Style— Steve Abbott, Esq; K Prominent Television Ltd, 34 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB (tel 020 7497 1100, fax 020 7497 1133) ABBOTT, Air Cdre Steven; CBE (2003); s of Norman Abbott, of Attleborough, Norfolk, and Doris Margeurite, ne´e Davis (d 2004); b 5 February 1956, Geilenkirchen, Germany; Educ various grammar and serv schs, UEA (BA), Downing Coll Cambridge (MPhil); m 25 March 1989, Patricia, ne´e Bunting; 1 s (James Edward b 27 Aug 1990), 1 da (Jennifer Katharine b 15 July 1992); Career cmd and staff appts MOD, Strike Cmd and RAF Germany 1977–2002 (incl mil asst to Cdr Br Forces Hong Kong 1990–92), Cdr Kabul Airfield (Operation Fingal Afghanistan) 2001–02, Station Cdr RAF Honington 2003–05, ACOS RAF Trg Gp 2005–07, Cmdt Gen RAF Regt and AO RAF Police 2007–; memb RIIA; QCVS 2000; Recreations field sports, military history, cricket, Cresta Run; Clubs RAF, St Moritz Toboganning; Style— Air Cdre Steven Abbott, CBE ABBOTT-WATT, HE Thorhilda Mary Vivia (Thorda); da of Samuel Abbott-Watt, and Elva Mary, ne´e Clare Gibson; b 11 February 1955, London; Educ Stonar Sch, Atworth; Partner Reef Talbot Hogg; Career joined HM Dip Serv 1974, third sec FCO 1974–79, temporary duty tours Latin America and Far and Middle East 1979–80, vice-consul Paris 1981–84, third sec (Chancery) UK Representation to EU 1984–86, second sec FCO 1986–88, second sec Bonn 1988–81, first sec EU and Western Europe Depts FCO 1991–95, first sec and head Commercial Section Kiev 1995–98, first sec Belgrade 1998–99, first sec and head Visa Policy Section Jt Entry Clearance Unit 1999–2001, chargee d’affaires Dushanbe 2001–02, ambass to Armenia 2003–06, FCO 2006, head political/mil section Kabul 2006, FCO 2007–08, chargee d’affaires Ulaanbaatar 2008, ambass to Mongolia 2008–09, Finance Directorate FCO 2009–10, int liaison MOD 2010–11, ambass to Mongolia 2011–; life memb NACF, memb ICA, friend Royal Acad; Recreations riding, reading, theatre; Clubs Art Fund, Friends of the Royal Acad of Art; Style— HE Miss Thorda Abbott-Watt; K c/o Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Ulaanbaatar), King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH ABBS, Prof Peter Francis; s of Eric Charles Abbs (d 1987), and Mary Bertha, ne´e Bullock (d 1994); b 22 February 1942; Educ Norwich Tech Coll, Univ of Bristol (BA), Univ of Sussex (PhD); m (m dis 2002) Barbara Ann, da of Jack Beazeley; 2 da (Annabel b 20 Oct 1964, Miranda b 22 July 1966), 1 s (Theodore b 29 March 1973); Career English teacher Bristol 1966–70, res asst Univ of Wales 1970–76; Univ of Sussex: reader in educn 1976–, prof of creative writing 1999–; has lectured widely in USA, Aust, India, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium and elsewhere; memb: Soc of Authors, Assoc of Univ Teachers; fndr memb New Metaphysical Art 1996; fell English Assoc; Poetry For Man and Islands, Songs of a New Taliesin, Icons of Time, Personae, Angelic Imagination, Love After Sappho, Earth Songs, Selected Poems, Viva la Vida, Flowering of Flint: Selected Poems, Voyaging Out; Non-Fiction English For Diversity, Root and Blossom The Philosophy, Practice and Politics of English Teaching, English Within the Arts, The Forms of Poetry, The Forms of Narrative, Autobiography in Education, Proposal for a New College (with Graham Carey), Reclamations Essays on Culture, Mass-Culture and the Curriculum, A 1


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