Sian Thomas, joint deputy director, NHS Employers

Sian Thomas has had plenty to keep her busy, with the negotiation of the three-year staff contracts, Medical Training Application Service and Modernising Medical Careers, renegotiating the GMS contracts, the Darzi review and the ongoing fuss over polyclinics and reconfiguration.

There has also been the small matter of organising NHS staff celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the health service.

Before secondment to NHS Employers in 2005, Ms Thomas was director of human resources and organisational development at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals trust.