HSJ100: 051 - 075

51 - Matthew Kershaw

Director of provider delivery, DH (New entry)

The former chief executive of Salisbury Foundation Trust has spent a year driving aspirant FTs through the testing application pipeline. With boss Ian Dalton now heading NHS North of England, Mr Kershaw is the natural choice to lead the new Trust Development Authority which is intended to shape the all-FT NHS.

52 - Ciarán Devane

Chief executive, Macmillan Cancer Support (New entry)

With a government committed both to improving cancer survival rates and to expanding the role of the third sector, Mr Devane is well placed to have a say on important policy areas. An authoritative charity sector voice on the most high-profile disease who can speak the language of the NHS.

53 - Bob Ricketts  

Director of provider policy, DH (2010 ranking: 57)

Mr Ricketts is the DH’s “go to” man for policy implementation. He is often underestimated but judges highlighted his huge capacity for making reform happen on the ground. The fact that his remit includes patient choice, any qualified provider and the development of social enterprises underlines his likely influence. 

54 - Deputy Prime Minister’s Advisers

Norman Lamb (2010 ranking: 91) and John Foster (New entry)

Nick Clegg recently secured a string of new special advisers, with John Foster now keeping an eye on health. Norman Lamb MP plays a more prominent role as chief political adviser to the deputy PM. An Orange Book liberal who shadowed the health brief, he remains heavily engaged in the healthcare debate.

55 - Tim Kelsey

Senior adviser on transparency and open data, Cabinet Office (New entry)

The man behind Dr Foster and NHS Choices is now influencing the sharing of public sector data. On secondment from McKinsey, Mr Kelsey has taken a typically forthright approach to broadening public access to health records and other NHS data.

56 - Paul Burstow

Minister of state for care services (2010 ranking: 41)

The lone Lib Dem in the ministerial health team has had an interesting 2011 balancing his coalition role supporting the Health bill with fighting for its amendment on behalf of his party faithful. Next year he will have to sell April’s white paper on social care to the public.

57 - Jan Sobieraj

Interim managing director of NHS and social care workforce, DH (New entry)

The former NHS Sheffield chief has taken up an interim role overseeing one of the biggest workforces in the world. His general management experience makes him well placed to understand the broader challenges facing the NHS, not least the need to bring down the biggest NHS area of spending: staffing.

58 - Anne Milton and Simon Burns 

Junior ministers, DH (2010 ranking: 48 and 49 respectively)

The judges felt the ministers exercised influence largely in signing off rather than originating policy. To be fair to both of them, Mr Burns has now completed his main task – getting the Health Bill through the Commons – and Ms Milton may make a more significant contribution once the focus switches to public health.

59 - Kathy McLean

Medical director, NHS Midlands (New entry)

Plucked from the East Midlands to take part in the NHS Future Forum, Dr McLean is now a key figure developing the NHS Commissioning Board. Her work will influence the power balance between the board and clinical commissioning groups, as well as the role of clinical senates and networks.

60 - Tamara Finklestein

Director of public services, HM Treasury (New entry)

Whether it is the affordability of NHS pensions, monitoring the success of the QIPP programme or generally holding the DH to account for its relatively generous financial settlement, Ms Finklestein will be keeping a close eye on heath in 2012. Described as “approachable and pragmatic”, with “great powers of analysis”.

61 - Christopher Hyman

Chief executive, Serco (New entry)

For private firms, winning a slice of the NHS budget is often politically explosive. But in its GSTS Pathology joint venture with Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College, and in securing the management contract for Braintree Community Hospital, Serco has found new routes in without generating too much heat.

62 - John Appleby

Chief economist, the King’s Fund (2010 ranking: 54)

As an adviser to Stephen Dorrell’s powerful Commons health committee Professor Appleby helps keep DH mandarins honest. As a key member of the King’s Fund team, he is skilled in spotting financial and performance pressures in the NHS and explaining them to the media and other non-economists.

63 - Stephen Whitehead

Chief executive, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (New entry)

Only a few months into the job, Mr Whitehead is still an unknown quantity. But as the pharmaceutical industry’s key negotiator on prices paid for branded medicines, he has a determining influence on one of the biggest areas of expenditure.

64 - Charles Alessi

Chair, National Association of Primary Care (New entry)

GP influence might not be what it was a year ago – but determination, a curious wit and the ability to get the ear of ministers will ensure the new NAPC chair has an impact. A man frustrated with slowness of change, Dr Alessi will want the reforms to go further, faster.

65 - Peter Barrett

Chair, Independent Reconfiguration Panel (New entry)

The IRP signed off some long-heralded downgrades this year, King George and Chase Farm in particular, and no one doubts more are on the way. Former GP Dr Barrett fits in with Andrew Lansley’s world view of clinicians OK-ing service change.

66 - Adrian Masters

Director of strategy, Monitor (New entry)

Another alumnus of Tony Blair’s delivery unit, Mr Masters was director of health at Number 10 before joining Monitor in 2005. As a founding father of the foundation trust model there are few better versed in its lore and scope.

67 - Andrew Cooper

Director of strategy, 10 Downing Street (New entry)

An influential Tory moderniser for over a decade, and a psephologist who founded pollsters Populus, Mr Cooper’s polling data helped convince David Cameron to change course on the NHS and launch the Future Forum. His reading of public opinion will heavily influence political positioning on health in 2012.

68 - Dean Royles

Director, NHS Employers (New entry)

Mr Royles led NHS Employers out of the financial maelstrom which engulfed it last year and, significantly, asked unions to agree to freeze pay increments. Tackling this issue, while mitigating industrial action over pensions, negotiating clinical commissioners’ contracts and lobbying for a new consultants’ reward scheme, will require considerable diplomacy.

69 - Colin Price

Director, McKinsey (New entry)

The presence of a third McKinsey consultant will please neither the government nor the discretion-loving firm (see numbers 55 and 81). But the judges say Mr Price is an influential figure in the DH. No surprise, given he is an expert in organisation design and transformation.

70 - Lord Carter

Chair, Cooperation and Competition Panel (2010 ranking: 64)

The Cooperation and competition panel will have a vital role as any qualified provider is rolled out and integration models are tested. Lord Carter will have to oversee rulings which shape the new NHS “market”. His role in the new sector regulator – bringing the panel and Monitor together – is, as yet, unclear. 

71 - Stephen Thornton

Chief executive, Health Foundation (2010 ranking: 78)

Mr Thornton controls a multimillion-pound research budget and has used it make the Health Foundation a player in areas such as patient safety and experience, efficiency and clinical leadership. Just as key to his influence, however, is his role as a highly opinionated and knowledgeable non-executive director at Monitor. 

72 - Mike Deegan

Chief executive, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (2010 ranking: 59)

As academic health science centres take on more of a systems-leadership role, Mr Deegan’s influence can only grow – especially given his trust’s success in bidding for the small, but significant, integration pioneer Trafford Healthcare. Mr Deegan also chairs the DH group overseeing the foundations pipeline.

73 - Harry Cayton

Chief executive, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (New entry)

A question regularly asked at Richmond House is “What does Harry think?” As well as keeping professional regulators in check, Mr Cayton is an expert on probity and safety – he is leading work on management regulation, for example. His organisation will get extra responsibilities and independence under the Health Bill.

74 - Paul Pindar  

Chief executive, Capita (2010 ranking: 75)

Outsourcing behemoth Capita is well placed to benefit from the £20bn NHS savings drive. In the first half of 2011 the firm acquired Tribal Group’s health consultancy and reported more than twice as much health sector profit as it achieved in the same period last year.

75 - Justin McCracken,

Chief executive, Health Protection Agency (New entry)

The former ICI physicist looks well set for a future leadership role at the powerful new quango Public Health England, having joined its transition executive team in March.