Foundation trusts have one of their biggest advocates and defenders in Foundation Trust Network director Sue Slipman.

With Monitor executive chair Bill Moyes she has argued for freedoms for FTs and opposed what are seen as attempts to pull back control to the government. Her career ranges from National Union of Students president to running the National Council for One Parent Families. Whether FTs turn out to be as revolutionary as the Communist Party of Great Britain to which she once belonged remains to be seen.