A rise up the rankings for the chief executive of UCLH Foundation Trust, who has become one of the strongest defenders of FT freedom this year.

Sir Robert is a formidable operator - when he was knighted, a former colleague suggested his motto should be “I came, I saw, I kicked ass” - who recently crystallised the financial challenge facing the NHS as one per cent on the pay bill equalling 10,000 job losses. He has successfully led UCLH in its bid to become one of the first academic health science centre partnerships.