Outgoing chair, Royal College of GPs ▲7

Rarely does someone’s influence increase after leaving a prominent position. However, such has been Professor Field’s impact on GP commissioning policy, that few informed observers think he will be absent from the national stage very long.

As RCGP chair he played the honest broker - allowing policy makers to plot a path through the sometimes conflicting views of GP interest groups, including the BMA (see 3, 8 and 27). His pragmatic take on GP commissioning, founded on understanding how the general practice community is likely to react, has helped shape the more realistic aspects of the white paper reforms.

The Birmingham GP hands over to Clare Gerada (11) after linking the college to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in another move to help GP commissioning. He would like to be chief medical officer, as he has a deep interest in public health, but knows that is unlikely. Expect a senior role developing, and perhaps helping to run, the national commissioning board.