May I also pay tribute to the work of Angela Sealey (Letters, 8 January). She worked with me closely at both the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts and the NHS Confederation, and I formed a very high opinion of her integrity, loyalty and commitment to the NHS.

She took a particularly keen interest in the role of chairs and non-executives, and her contribution was recognised by all who worked with her.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath,

House of Lords.

I am delighted to read the letter of support for Angela Sealey from the women's chairs network.

As a colleague for 10 years, may I say what a waste it is for the NHS to lose such a caring, compassionate and effective chair on the instructions of a select committee.

It is of my own knowledge that select committees don't always get it right. It is important that the NHS family knows how those who have worked with Angela feel.

Sir Robin Buchanan,