Niall Dickson, chief executive, King’s Fund

The King’s Fund is a think tank that continues to generate debate and whose opinion is considered an essential component of the health community’s view. Its analysis this year of polyclinics sounded alarm bells that co-location was not a magic bullet.

“Imposing a single model, in particular a co-located one, will not be suitable in every area,” said Mr Dickson. Another report highlighted unexplained variations in spending on cancer, heart disease and mental health by primary care trusts and got a cool reception from PCTs, which insisted their spending was in line with local needs.

Former award winning journalist Mr Dickson’s past roles include editor of Nursing Times and social affairs editor at the BBC.