Lord Carter, chair, NHS co-operation and competition panel
Having been in charge of a review of pathology and another of Legal Aid, Lord Carter is one of the government’s preferred fixers. The title of the Legal Aid report, A Market-Based Approach to Reform, provides a clue to his approach.
His public profile rose significantly when he was crucially involved in getting the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium back on track.
Health is not a new field for Lord Carter - he co-founded, built up and sold private provider Westminster Health Care.
With the greater current emphasis on commissioning, the panel’s role in arbitrating when bidders feel a contract has been unfairly awarded makes it certain his potential influence is enormous.