Chair: Claire Perry, chief executive, Bromley HA

Hugh Blair, partner, KPMG

Ian Carruthers, chief executive, Dorset HA

Geoffrey Filkin, New Local Government Network

Brian Flood, chair, Northumbria Healthcare trust

Lord Harris, Labour peer and former community health councils chief

Professor David Kerr, CRC Institute for Cancer Studies, Birmingham University

Dr Tom Coffey, chair, Tooting and Graveney primary care group

Jo Lenaghan, research fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research

Sue Page, chief executive, Northumbria Healthcare trust

Greg Parston, Public Management Foundation

Dr Chai Patel, Chai Patel Associates

Dr Peter Reading, chief executive, University College London Hospitals trust

Linda Smith, chair, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA

...and who's paying

Launch funding came from four sources: Access Health UK, which has been involved in NHS Direct; a charitable trust set up by private nursing home tycoon Dr Chai Patel; KPMG and Superdrug. They collectively put up£40,000.

In future, the network aims to 'attract funding from conference delegates and through the sale of publications', while 'corporate support' will allow it to offer free individual membership.

'Funding will not be invited from organisations whose policies or actions are incompatible with the aims of New Health Network. This includes the arms trade and tobacco companies. In addition, the network will not accept donations from political parties.'