Hamish Meldrum, chairman, British Medical Association

It has been a turbulent year for Hamish Meldrum, who has seen his organisation pitted against Department of Health ministers on many occasions.

Having spent a full year as British Medical Association chair, Dr Meldrum may have felt slightly divorced from the hurly burly of BMA/DH relations, as in this post he is more removed from the minutiae of grinding out deals than in his previous role as chair of the association’s GPs committee.

But the years racked up on the front line of contract negotiations will have stood him in good stead - as one judge commented, he has “stopped the GPC doing more damage”.

However, his reign will still be associated with the association’s campaign of opposition to polyclinics, which will have raised eyebrows in Richmond House when the BMA enlisted patients to lobby against service changes.