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Up with the movers and shakers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 14, 2010

Jonathan Oliver - political editor of Sunday Times

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TWO former Burton men have joined the likes of international superstar actor Brad Pitt and TV presenters Ant and Dec by being listed in the latest edition of Whoʼs Who.

Major General Bruce Brealey, commanding officer of the theatre troops, and Jonathan Oliver, political editor of the Sunday Times, are now unofficial members of the world’s club of movers and shakers.

Who’s Who is published annually and includes the names of 33,000 notables from all walks of life and from around the globe, including the likes of American President Barack Obama.

Major General Brealey was born in Burton on February 8, 1959, and attended St Olave’s Grammar School, in Orpington, Kent, before joining the Royal Military Academy, in Sandhurst, Surrey.

The father of one held various military posts and was the deputy commanding general of the multinational corps in Iraq from 2007 to 2008.

In his Who’s Who entry, which measures six lines and is one of the shortest entries in the tome, the 50-yearold states he enjoys watching rugby, is a golf ‘hacker’ and likes running ‘slowly’ as well as gardening.

Mr Oliver (pictured) was born in Burton on April 18, 1973, and was educated at Repton School, in Willington Road, Repton, before going on to study history at Peterhouse, the oldest and smallest college of the University of Cambridge.

The father of two then kick-started his journalism career as a reporter at the Leicester Mercury in 1995 before joining national newspaper the Daily Express as a business correspondent a year later.

Mr Oliver left the Daily Express in 2000 to take up the post of deputy political editor at the Mail on Sunday before joining the Sunday Times as political editor in 2008.

In his seven-line entry, the 36-year-old lists his interests as open air swimming, reading history, and spending time with his family.

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