The HSJ100 seeks to measure power and influence in the English NHS and health policy

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 The judges of the HSJ100 2021 were:

  • Helen Buckingham, director of strategy and operations, the Nuffield Trust
  • Simon Enright, communications secretary at the household of HRH The Princes of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and former director of communications, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Dr Claire Fuller, senior responsible officer, Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership
  • David Hancock, healthcare executive adviser, InterSystems
  • Alastair Henderson, chief executive, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, chair, NHS England maternity transformations and children and young people transformation partnership, and chief executive, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust (absent for the live judging session, but input views beforehand)
  • Alastair McLellan, editor, HSJ (absent for the live judging session, but input views beforehand)
  • Dame Gill Morgan, designate integrated care board chair for Gloucestershire, lead of the NHS Confederation’s ICS group, and former chair, NHS Providers
  • Lord O’Shaughnessy, former Parliamentary under-secretary of state for health
  • Sir David Pearson, former chair, the national covid-19 social care support taskforce, and former chair, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICS
  • Steve Russell, chief executive, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust
  • Salma Shah, former special adviser to Sajid Javid
  • Matt Tee, executive director integration, NHS London, and former interim director of strategic communication, NHS England
  • Dave West, deputy editor, HSJ – chair

Note: The judges resolved to exclude themselves entirely from consideration for the list, even though some of them were potential candidates for inclusion.


The ‘HSJ80’ names those figures who will exercise the most power and/or influence in the English NHS and health policy over the next 12 months (ie from October 2021 to October 2022).

The list excludes the prime minister and chancellor, and their respective shadows.

The remaining part of the HSJ100 – the wildcards – was judged earlier in the year and can be viewed here.

Also read:

HSJ100: The government is back

HSJ100 reveals this year’s enablers of transformation

HSJ80 full list: The most influential people in health

HSJ100: The wildcards