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

I like to get in early to read key current documents - recently, the Social Exclusion Unit's report on neighbourhood renewal and the Acheson report on health inequalities.

What do you like/dislike about your job?

I love the breadth of partnerships and the complexity of inter-relating issues in HAZ work.

What is your proudest achievement?

Building bridges between the mental health and disability communities.

What is your tip for success?

To be very focused - and constantly open to new links.

What do you do to relax?

Set out with Time Out's book of walks near London with a bag full of books to identify passing wildlife, and a good pub en route.

What book has influenced you?

Brian Keenan's An Evil Cradling .

Which person in the NHS do you most admire?

A nurse I once worked with in a psychiatric hospital, whose respect for service users meant that people felt valued.

What would make the single biggest improvement to the NHS?

Deeper public engagement in debates on health.

Who is your ideal health secretary?

Whoever it is, what matters is being informed by service users and staff, as well as research, and negotiating with other departments to secure improvements in service co-ordination.