Chief executive, NHS East of England. NEW ENTRY

Sir Neil became Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust’s chief executive in 2002 after a 30 year carer in the NHS and was appointed to his current role in 2006.

He is well respected at the highest levels of the NHS and now has a vital role in the transition process, working on the human resources challenges of transferring thousands of staff over to organisations yet to be established or properly defined.

Avoiding huge redundancy costs as posts are shed will be crucial for financial stability but so will creating enough flexibility in the system to keep GPs on side.

The difficulties of convincing PCT managers to offer their expertise to fledgling GP commissioners rather than fleeing to new jobs have not been lost on him and it is hoped his national HR framework will go some way to addressing this challenge.