Last week The Times (London) newspaper published in their Eureka magazine an ordered list of the 100 most important people in British science and engineering. Dame Athene Donald (Soft condensed matter, Cambridge) was one of four panelists who made the selection. Condensed matter physicists who I could see on the list included Andre Geim, John Pendry (meta materials), Richard Friend (OLEDs and plastic electronics), and Steve Bramwell (spin ice).
[I have to confess I bought the newspaper for other reasons... to get the latest news for my son about the Liverpool FC sale...]
Perhaps people who could be argued might be on the list include Peter Littlewood (Head of the Cavendish lab, Cambridge), Andrew Taylor (Director of ISIS), and Gabe Aeppli (Director, London Centre for Nanotechnology).