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Debrett’s People of Today 2017


The latest Debrett’s People of Today book is dated September 2017. Debrett’s consists of 1 Volume which lists over 25,000 names (1,928 pages).

The list of people may be considered as the part of the successful "Establishment" of the United Kingdom. Most appear to have achieved the top of their careers.

Interestingly, the informative details of each personality is written by the each individual. Thus, 2 informative areas have been listed on the PHS Summary :

Background information, including career


80 Polish surnames have been identified

But only 6 have received official Honours (as per the London Gazette):

Iwona Blazwick (Blaszczyk) OBE
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS DL
Julian Filochowski CMG OBE
Steven Przybylski CBE
Marek Stella-Sawicki MBE
John Studzinski CBE

Leading Backgrounds (100%)

University Professors = 19
Solicitors, Barristers, QC & 1x Judge) = 14 (Inc 3 Law Professors + 3x QC)
Artists, Art Dealers & Designers = 18 (inc 1 Art Professor)
Medicine= 9  (inc 5 Medical Professors)
Journalists / Authors = 9
Bankers= 6
Members of Parliament (MPs) = 4  (3 Labour + 1 Conservative)
Music Conductors =  2

Higher Education Statistics (93% attendees)

Polish Universities = 10 (inc 2x Warsaw Conservatoire, 2x Warsaw Fine Art)
Cambridge University = 15
London University = 14
Oxford University = 6
Other UK Universities = 21 (all different)
UK Art Colleges = 9
Doctorates (PhD / DSc)  = 15
MBA = 3
No Higher Education = 6


PHS_logo_subheadDebrett’s data –2017

BrudnizkiMartinArchitect & Designer of Design StudioBA Stockholm, BA American University, London

Polish Names in Debrett's (September 2017 ed.)
(Names which have received Civil Honours are highlighted in Red)

Surname First Name Background Education

Baranski Zygmunt Professor of Italian, Cambridge University St. Bede's Manchester, BA Hull University
Barylski Patricia Author, Books on Asia BA Illinois University (USA) , MA [SOAS]
Bninski Kazimierz GP Doctor & Director Polish Harley Clinic MD University of Gdansk
Blazwick (Blaszczyk) OBE Iwona Director Whitechapel Art Gallery BA Exeter University
Borsuk Teresa Anna Architect Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards BA University College, London
Borysiewicz Sir Leszek Vice Chancellor, Cambridge University MB ChB Welsh National School of Medicine
Buczacki Stefan Tadeusz Plant Pathologist / Gardening Journalist Ecclesbourne Sch Duffield, BSc Southampton, DPhil Oxford (Linacre)
Brudnizki Martin Architect & Designer, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio BA Stockholm, BA American University, London
Chruszcz Charles Barrister QC, Exchange Chambers, Manchester Brookway HS, LLB Queen Mary College (London University)
Ciechanowiecki Andrzej Stanislaw Antique Dealer Art History MA Jagiellonian University 
Cierach Lindka Wanda Costume Designer St. Leonards & Mayfield Sch., London College of Fashion
Danczuk Simon
Labour MP for Rochdale BA University of Lancaster
Deregowski Jan Bronsilaw Professor of Art, Aberdeen University BSc BA Phd London University, DSc. University of Aberdeen 
Dominiczak Marek Henryk Professor of Biochemistry, Glasgow Univ.  MB PhD Medical Academy of Gdansk
Filochowski Jan Edward Professor & CEO, NHS Hospital Trust (W. Herts) MA Cambridge University, MA University of Newcastle
Filochowski CMG, OBE Julian Solicitor & Partner, Martin Pendergast St. Michael's College Leeds, MA Cambridge (Churchill)
Franckowiak Richard Stanislaw Professor of Medicine, Lausanne University  Latymer Upper Sch, MA MD Cambridge (Peterhouse), DSc [UCL]
Gontarski Steven Artist BA Brown University (USA), MA Goldsmith (London University)
Grabacz Robert Athlete (High Jump) Longsands College, St. Neots
Grocholski Alexander Art & Antique Valuer Lycee Francais, Study Centre of Fine & Decorative Arts, London 
Grosz  Stephen Solicitor & Partner, Bindmans LLP William Ellis Sch, MA Cambridge (Clare)
Gryk  Wesley Casimir Solicitor & Partner, Wesley Gryk LLP BA Harvard, JD Harvard Law School (USA), Warsaw (Fulbright Fellow)
Hajducki Andrew Michael Barrister QC, Scottish Legal Aid Board Dulwich College, MA Cambridge (Downing)
Haluch Stefan James Business Consultant St. Mary's Academy Bathgate 
Jackowski Andrzej Aleksander Artist Holland Park Sch, Dipl, Camberwell College of Art, MA [RCA]
Jankel  Mark Gastronomer KCS Wimbledon, BSc University of East Anglia
Janowski Andy CEO, Smythson n/a
Jolowicz John
QC, former Law Professor Cambridge University Oundle School (Northamptonshire) MA Cambridge (Trinity)
Jung Roland Tadeusz Professor, Chief Scientist Scottish Exec. Health Dept. St. Anselm's Sch Birkenhead, MA MB MD Cambridge (Pembroke)
Kaletsky Anatole Economics Editor, The Times  BA, DipEcon Cambridge (King's)
Kantorowicz-Toro Donald Investment Banker, MD Merrill Lynch MBA Hohschule fur Welthandel Vienna
Kaspszyk Jacek Music Conductor Warsaw Conservatory
Kawczynski Daniel MP Conservative Party University of Stirling
Kocen TD Roman Stefan Doctor, Consultant Neurologist Roundhay School Leeds, MB Leeds School of Medicine
Kondracki Henry Andrew Artist Bellevue Secdy Sch, BA Slade School of Fine Art
Kornicki Peter Francis Japanese Professor, Cambridge University St. George's Sch Weybridge, BA BSC DPhil Oxford Univ (Lincoln)
Kosciuszko Stefan Henry Investment Banker, CEO AMAS-IPS Gordonstoun Sch, DMC Fawley Court, BA University of Keele
Kowalski Gregor Parly Counsel, Scotland Airdrie Academy, LLB University of Strathclyde
Lasok Karol QC, Chairman VAT Practitioners Group MA Cambridge (Jesus), LLM PhD Exeter University
Lazarowicz Mark MP Labour Party MA University of St. Andrews, LLB Edinburgh University
Ligenza-Mildenhall Gabriela Maria High Fashion Hat Designer MA Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw
Lomnicka Ewa Zofia Law Professor, King's Coll. London University MA LLB Cambridge University (Girton)
Lutostanski Matthew Commercial Banker, launched Barclaycard  Cardinal Vaughan Sch, BA City University 
Maksymiuk Jerzy Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Warsaw Conservatory
Malinowski Antoni Pawel Artist Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw, Chelsea College Of Art
Massey Rupert John Barrister & Journalist Claysmore Sch, BA Oxford University (Balliol)
Michna-Nowak Krysia Danuta Artist & Charity Activist Noter Dame Sch Sheffield, BA Ealing College
Misiewicz J. J. Doctor, Consultant Gastroenterologist Lord Weymouth's GS, BSc  MB BS University of London, St. Bartholomews College
Nawrat Christopher John Sports Journalist Salesian College London, BA University of Essex
Ogorkiewicz Richard Marian Consultant Editor & Armoured Tank specialist BSc MSc Imperial College, University of London
Pawlak Witold Circuit Judge St. Joseph's College Beulah Hill, MA Cambridge (Trinity)
Pawlowski Mark Law Professor, University of Greenwich St. Benedict's Sch Ealing, LLB Univ. of Warwick, BCL Oxford (Wadham)
Posnansky Jeremy Solicitor & Partner Farrer & Co LLP St. Paul's Sch London, College of Law
Przybylski CBE Steven Crown Prosecution Service, Head of Resources Weymouth Grammar School
Pytel Walenty Artist (Sculptor) Leominster Sch, Hereford  College of Art
Rencki FRAI Christopher, Marek Director, Polish Heritage Soc., Director, Polish Cultural Foundation Ltd BA University of Bolton (Manchester), MA University of Buckingham
Rozicka Jeffrey Banker & Director State Street Bank BA Colgate University (USA), MIM Columbia University (USA).
Sachrajda Tadeusz Czeslaw Physics Professor, University of Southampton Finchley GS, BSc University of Sussex, PhD Imperial College, London University
Sawczuk Basil Architect  Chosen Hill GS, Leicester Polytechnic, Open University (MBA)
Serwotka Mark Henryk Gen. Secretary, Public & Com. Services Union Bishop Healey RC Comprehensive Sch, Merthyr Tydfil
Sikora Karol Medical Prof & Dean, University of Buckingham  Dulwich College, MA MB BChir Cambridge (Corpus Christi) PhD (Stanford)
Skorupski John Maria Philosophy Professor, University of St. Andrews St. Benedict's Sch Ealing, MA PhD Cambridge University (Christ's)
Sliwerski Trevor Zygmunt Banker & Director, MSG and Partners Ltd  John Fisher School, Purley
Sloboda John Anthony Psychology Professor, Keele University St. Benedict's Sch Ealing, MA Cambridge (Queen's), PhD [UCL]
Smosarski Lisa Editor, Stylist Magazine London College of Printing
Sobolewski Stanislaw Doctor, Consultant Haematologist MB BS Bialystok Medical Academy, PhD Bradford University
Stella-Sawicki MBE Marek Andrzej Professor UCL, Chairman of Polish Heritage Society  MSc Krakow Technical University, PhD King's College (London Univ)
Studzinski CBE John Investment Banker, Dir. Blackstone Group BA Bowdoin College (USA) , MBA University of Chicago (USA)
Topolski  Daniel Chief Coach, Oxford University Boat Race  Lycee Francais, Westminster Sch, Oxford University (New College)
Trynka Paul Journalist, Editor MOJO Magazine Hymers College Hull, BSc University of Hull
Tuge-Erecinska Barbara Polish Ambassador  MA Gdansk University
Turlik Piotr Zbigniew Surveyor, VP Docklands Business Club John Fisher School Purley, College of Estate Management
Turzynski  Gregory Stefan Media Director, Founder of Experience St. Mary's RC Sch, BSc Bedford College, University of London
Ulijaszek Stanley Professor of Anthropology, Inst. Soc. Cult. Anthrop. BSc University of Manchester, MSc [QEC],  PhD [KCL]
Wegenek  Robert Jan Solicitor & Partner, Squire Sanders Hammonds Wolverhampton GS, BA Durham University, College of Law Chester
Wiszniewski Adrian Ryszard Artist Mackintosh School of Architecture, BA Glasgow School of Art
Wiszowaty  Nick Commercial Pilot, Freud Communications Tomlinscote School, Camberley
Zakrzewska Joanna Maria Doctor & Professor of Oral Medicine, UCL BDS KCL Dental School, MB BChir Cambridge University (Newnham)
Zamoyski Adam Stefan Professional Historian Downside Sch, Oxford University (Queen's)
Zarnecki Jan Charles Professor of Space Research, Open University MA Cambridge University (Queen's), PhD [UCL]

Dataset compiled by Christopher Marek Rencki FRAI
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