Our weekly guide to healthcare's most influential people No 61

Published: 14/03/2002, Volume II2, No. 5796 Page 20 21

Name: Paul Streets

Job: Chief executive, Diabetes UK

Style: Unashamed control freak - 'If the price of advocating national standards through initiatives like national service frameworks is to be labelled a control freak, count me in.'But, off the topic of the diabetes national service framework, he's informal with colleagues: sitting on a table, jacket off and shirtsleeves rolled up.A 'decent'man with 'integrity', observers say.Bright young thing of the voluntary sector and a modernisation board member, who says patients should be 'active participants' in their care.Not afraid to have a go at ministers when news slipped out that the diabetes framework implementation would be delayed: it was 'unacceptable'and the document was 'worthless'without targets and a budget.

Background: After a geography degree, spent three years as a children's residential social worker in the early 1980s.After a masters degree in agricultural economics, worked for Overseas Development Agency for two years, fitting in a stint at a co-op in the Solomon Islands. Joined charity Sightsavers in 1986, and was 'decentralised' to Africa.His golden retriever came back from Nairobi with him.Picked up an MBA then went to care home provider Quantum Care in 1994.Deputy director of Amnesty International from 1996-98.Became first lay member of the Royal College of Physicians' ruling council in its 483-year history last month.Chairs transitional working group on new patient and public involvement structure.

Future prospects: Interesting times with the august RCP - 'I think the days of self-regulation are dead, 'he says.do not rule him out as a future chair of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement.