Martin Roland, director, National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, Manchester university

Professor Roland is one of the most respected researchers and writers on policy issues. His work on polyclinics introduced a welcome note of rationality into the heavily polarised debate. His findings on primary care quality measurement and improvement are highly regarded. He is a founding director of the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research, while his part time work as a GP in the Manchester district of Rusholme keeps his work strongly grounded in general practice.