Baroness Young, chair, Care Quality Commission

NHS leaders welcomed the naming of Baroness Barbara Young as the Department of Health’s preferred candidate to chair the shadow Care Quality Commission, which is set to take over in April next year. Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker (30) described Baroness Young as an “outspoken” and “upfront” character with “a real understanding of regulation and managing large organisations”.

Baroness Young is a cross-bench life peer in the House of Lords and before her most recent appointment was chief executive of the Environment Agency. Previous health posts include chief executive of the former Parkside Health Authority and president of the Institute of Health Services Management.