Three women from the Fylde have been listed among world leaders in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who.
Lytham-born Maggie Appleton and Rebecca Bunting, and Dr Amanda Doyle, chief clinical officer of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, feature alongside the likes of Barack Obama and The Pope, in the collection of 33,000 of the world’s most famous, powerful talented or influential people.
Entries are by invitation only, with Maggie included as chief executive of the Royal Air Force Museum in London and Rebecca having become vice chancellor and chief executive of Buckinghamshire New University in February.
Maggie, who grew up in Kirkham and has family still in the Fylde area, was appointed in October last year and took up her role in January, with positions at the Royal Armouries and community museums in Stevenage and Luton on her CV, and received an MBE for services to museums and heritage in 2012.
“It’s lovely and a real privilege to be included,” she said. “It’s great for museums to be included as they are important for the UK and the positive running of the country.”
Professor Bunting joined the High Wycombe-based university after 10 years as deputy vice chancellor at University of Portsmouth.
She was born in Lytham as her family lived in Wesham, but moved to Fleetwood, where she attended Fleetwood Grammar School and went on to Cambridge University to read English.
“It’s good to hear that three Fylde women are among those being celebrated,” she said.
“The invitation to appear in the Who’s Who came out of the blue for me, but I think they have looked at university vice chancellors and I was appointed in February – and there aren’t that many of them who are women.”
Prof Bunting’s family still live in the area and she’s a regular visitor, despite moving away after university.
Dr Doyle, also a GP at Bloomfield Medical Centre, said: “The Who’s Who is not something I knew much about but was pleased to be featured.
“It can only be a positive thing for raising the profile of Blackpool and the challenges we face, as well as the good work we do to tackle those challenges.”
According to the publishers of Who’s Who, the book is a leading source of biographical data on people around the world who have an influence on British life.