Our weekly guide to healthcare's most influential people No 73

Published: 07/06/2002, Volume II2, No. 5808 Page 8

Name: Malcolm Stamp

Job: Chief executive, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital trust

Style: Manchester United fan with a management style uncan-nily similar to football boss Sir Alex Ferguson's.'Forceful' is one description.'Takes no prisoners', 'the sort of man who you do not say no to' are the others.

Unlike Fergie, has had a successful season, with a trophy cabinet full of NHS silverware.Three stars in the performance-rating tables and one of only four trusts announced by health secretary Alan Milburn last month as potential foundation hospitals.Mr Milburn's choice may have been influenced by Mr Stamp's first-rate record on delivering high-profile/controversial policy.Norfolk and Norwich was one of the first PFI hospital schemes, which he brought to completion in 2001 - though the trust was heavily criticised over the transparency of contracts. In 1998, prime minister Tony Blair addressed the NHS Confederation annual conference telling delegates: 'You will see the NHS will get the resources it needs. I give you that commitment.'Mr Stamp described it at the time as the 'most inspirational speech I have ever heard from a politician on the NHS, during my 25 years in the service.'

Background: Joined the NHS in 1974.District general manager at Crewe health authority, going on to become chief exec at Royal Liverpool University and Broadgreen Hospitals trust.

Became chief exec at Norfolk and Norwich in 1994.

Future prospects: Whatever becomes of foundation hospitals, and whether or not Norfolk and Norwich makes it to the final selection, observers say Mr Stamp's powers of survival are unrivalled.