Sir Graeme Catto, president, General Medical Council

From the fifth report on Harold Shipman to this year’s Health and Social Care Bill, Sir Graeme Catto has remained the consummate medical politician. He has managed not only to revive the General Medical Council during a period of sweeping regulatory change but also to ensure its survival.

Recognising the inconsistency of doctors regulating themselves and now overseeing the biggest overhaul of regulation in a generation, he is somehow managing to carry his profession with him.

The new civil standard of proof for doctors being fit to practise came into force this May and licences to practise for medics will be issued next autumn.

Revalidation gives the GMC a central role in assuring patients that clinicians are safe and have up-to-date skills.

Sir Graeme’s focus on education and training also stands him in excellent stead for the work being taken forward as part of Lord Darzi’s NHS review.