The HSJ100 seeks to measure power and influence in the English NHS and health policy until November 2019.

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The judges are asked to assess the “quantity” of power and influence an individual has – rather than whether it will be used for good or ill. The aim is also to hold up a mirror to healthcare influence as it is – however ugly or pretty that image may be. The aim is not to be “balanced” or “representative” – just as accurate as possible.

The prime minister and chancellor and their shadows are excluded from consideration.

The judges of this year’s HSJ100 were:

  • Professor Maureen Baker, chair, Professional Record Standards Body, former chair of the Royal College of GPs
  • Sir David Behan, chair, Health Education England, former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission
  • Peter Carter, former chief executive, Royal College of Nursing
  • Paula Clark, chief executive, University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust
  • Dr Anita Donley, independent chair, Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
  • Tara Donnelly, chief executive, the Health Innovation Network
  • Dr Navina Evans, chief executive, East London Foundation Trust
  • Dame Barbara Hakin, former deputy chief executive, NHS England
  • David Hancock, client engagement director, InterSystems
  • Alastair Henderson, chief executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Tracie Jolliff, head of inclusion and systems leadership, NHS Leadership Academy
  • Ed Jones, chief of staff, Foreign Secretary’s Office
  • Jon Restell, chief executive, Managers in Partnership
  • Ewan Russell, public affairs manager, the Alzheimer’s Society
  • Joan Saddler, associate director of patients and communities, NHS Confederation
  • Joy Warmington, chief executive, Brap

The judging was chaired by HSJ editor Alastair McLellan

Important note: Sir David Behan and Dr Navina Evans were not involved in any discussions about their inclusion or ranking in this year’s HSJ100