Name: Sian Griffiths OBE Job: Director of public health, Oxfordshire health authority; president elect, Royal College of Physicians' faculty of public health medicine.

Style: Dynamic promoter of joined-up working and juggler of family and high-profile career - running meetings from the kitchen table while organising childcare and making jam. Drags copious amounts of paperwork round the country in a backpack. Prone to cycling forays. One colleague describes her as being 'illogically attached to an awful dog'.

Career: Passionate about improving health and cutting inequalities. As well as her HA role, she is a lecturer at Oxford University and visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. Also Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions beacons adviser, seconded to Rough Sleepers Unit as health adviser, and on the NHS plan cancer taskforce.

Education: Studied social and political sciences at Cambridge, medicine at King's, London. Gap year saw her work with ex-prisoners in a Home Office hostel in London, as well as teaching in a large comprehensive school.

Outside the office: Spends time with her three children and husband Ian Wylie, new chief executive of the British Dental Association. Enjoys playing with her digital camera ('Not another sunset, Mum'); known to visit Craven Cottage to watch Fulham play; loves opera and the theatre.

Belongs to a book group - but has to spend the day before meetings frantically finishing the text.

Future prospects: Just about any job in the world of partnership working and public health. Harbours hopes of spending more time at the family house in France.