Dame Barbara Hakin is one of the few GPs right at the top of the health service as chief executive of NHS East Midlands and leading the NHS Employers negotiating team on the GMS contract.

Amazingly she only left GP work 10 years ago and became a primary care trust chief executive in 2000. She is a member of the national leadership council that identifies and develops NHS “top leaders”. She stepped in to run Yorkshire and Humber SHA as well as East Midlands when Margaret Edwards suddenly returned to the Department of Health.