Acting chief executive, NHS Confederation ▲7

Nigel Edwards has provided the most balanced and telling criticism of the government’s reforms. Achieving a measured - and therefore influential - tone has been tricky as he knows PCT chiefs are furious over the denigration of their work. Closer to home he is having an even tougher time. A more fragmented NHS may undermine his organisation.

Mr Edwards’ uncharacteristically hasty suspension of FT Network director Sue Slipman (see 68) is a sign of the pressure he is under, and he is unlikely to want full time appointment as chief executive.