DEEPAK PURI

is a second year trainee on the NHS management training scheme. He has undertaken placements at Barnsley Community and Priority Services trust and Northern General Hospital trust, and his management elective was spent at Trent regional office. He studied chemistry and management sciences at City University. In July, Mr Puri takes up a commissioning post with Birmingham HA.

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

PC on, check mail, tea - all standard stuff.

What do you like / dislike about your job?

As a trainee I move placements fairly regularly - this makes forming relationships with colleagues quite difficult, which I don't like. However, the flip-side of this is that I'm constantly exposed to new experiences, which I do like.

What do your colleagues think of you?

Nice bloke, could do with being a bit tougher.

What is your proudest achievement?

Being a good father.

What is your tip for success?

Don't turn down jobs with IT firms - see below.

What has been your worst business mistake?

Turning down a job with a small IT firm in 1987 - they've since gone public and a friend who did take up a job offer is on his way to his first million. Is he happy though, I ask myself?

What do you do to relax?

Read fiction, play chess, go to the pub.

What book has influenced you?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

How would you like to be remembered?

Nice, tough bloke.

Which person in the NHS do you most admire?

My current mentor, Sue Riddell at Northern General Hospital trust in Sheffield. She delivers what she promises and has fun at the same time.

What would make the single biggest improvement to the NHS?

If everyone in the health service could connect with how their actions improve the health of the population of Britain.

Who is your ideal health secretary?

Ken Livingstone - for his values and belief in 'doing the right thing'.