Another person who's taken a big jump in the rankings this year is Professor Mike Pringle, who will take over the presidency of the RCGP in November after heading off competition for the prestigious post in recent elections.
One thing he does not lack is experience. Affectionately described by one panel member as ‘a good, solid RCGP chap', Professor Pringle was chair of the college between 1998 and 2001, and, until recently, the RCGP medical lead for revalidation.
His role has proved vital in guiding the college and the profession through the lead-up to revalidation and, despite his non-confrontational tone, he has been firm in his insistence that GPs must accept the inevitable process.
A former guest editor of Pulse, Professor Pringle recently retired from his practice on the Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire border, where he worked for more than 30 years. He remains professor of general practice at the University of Nottingham and was also awarded a CBE for services to medicine last year.
Our panel described him as a solid ‘educationalist' with ‘deep roots' in the RCGP. One commented: ‘I think he will become very influential very quickly. He is astute, experienced, trusted by many different constituencies and wise.'