Chair, BMA consultants committee (2010 ranking: 45)

Dr Porter is happy to embarrass ministers by denouncing their ideas in public, having angrily criticised both the Health Bill and white paper that preceded it.

The Coventry-based anaesthetist will not be short of targets for his take-noprisoners approach. Hospital cost improvement plans will place consultants’ pay, hours and practice centre stage. And, as a staunch advocate of a publicly run NHS, he is unlikely to be impressed by any increase in private sector involvement. He is also an experienced haggler, having been instrumental in negotiating the 2003 consultant contract.

As he enters his final year representing consultants for the BMA, the reason behind his leap up the rankings is that he is favourite to succeed Hamish Meldrum as BMA chair in June.