Gordon Hextall, chief operating officer, NHS Connecting For Health

After the departure of Richard Granger from NHS Connecting for Health, his role as the grandiosely titled director general has not been replaced.

Instead, Gordon Hextall has taken a lower-profile approach to the unenviable task of running the on-budget-but-very-late IT programme. The potential efficiency savings that could be released by better IT remain considerable, but so do the challenges.

His less abrasive style, however, is much appreciated in this fraught field.