Peter Carter, Royal College of Nursing general secretary

Under Beverley Malone’s controversial leadership, the Royal College of Nursing moved itself far down the policy and political list of priorities. There was considerable ground to be made up and the low key but consistent work of the affable Peter Carter since 2006 has been instrumental in repositioning the RCN as a player of influence. One of his first tasks was to alter the union’s policy of blanket opposition to reconfiguration, which involved cuts or closures. He was closely involved in this year’s three-year pay deal, with the government effectively entrusting him to close it.