What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work?

Listen to the gulls arguing as they land on Paddington station after a rough night at sea.

What do you like/dislike about your job?

I love the freedom I have to run my own show. As a new initiative, I have just two colleagues working directly with me. In addition, there are the many chief executives within the NHS organisations who I am working with, or hope to. Conversely, what I dislike is the lack of belonging to an organisation.

What do your colleagues think of you?

I am feisty, funny and forthright.

What are your proudest achievements?

My son Matthew.

What is your tip for success?

There can be only one. Keep a sense of humour about you at all times.

What is your worst business mistake?

Divorcing my first husband.

What do you do to relax?

Retail therapy - I confess to being a shopaholic, which, while not necessarily relaxing in itself, requires to be followed by a guilt-assuaging drink.

What book has influenced you?

To rephrase the question slightly - if I were a castaway on a desert island I would take an anthology of the Romantic poets, omitting William Wordsworth and his daffs.

How would you like to be remembered?

With a good knees-up and lots and lots of flowers. Not quite yet, though.

Which person in the NHS do you most admire?

There's no one I most 'admire', but many whom I like and respect.

What would make the single biggest improvement in the NHS?

Acceptance by the service, the government and the people that there are real priorities which we need to confront together, choices to be made and some honesty to be shown.

Who is your choice for future health secretary?

Someone who talks sense and looks good on the box. No one comes to mind who quite fits, but the late Willie Rushton would have been great. Not sure about looking good on the box, though.