representing public interests
At last - complete sense! Of course the top job at the NMC must be somebody completely impartial to the profession.
IF the NMC wants to be a 'true' regulator it should in fact be government funded, rather than funded by Nurses and Midwives. Until this occurs the NMC will only ever be regarded as a 'protector' of Nurses and Midwives rather than the 'public'.