Steve Bundred, chief executive, Audit Commission

If Audit Commission reports used to go straight on the shelf to gather dust, they have latterly become a must-read, thanks to Steve Bundred.

This year’s hard-hitting reports included the first full year audit of payment by results bills, which found that up to£1bn of the bills hospital trusts have sent primary care trusts could be wrong.

A joint report with the Healthcare Commission in June touched a raw nerve in government with its criticisms of health service reforms.

Mr Bundred became chief executive of the Audit Commission in 2003 and before that was executive director of the Improvement and Development Agency for local government.