Bradford-born Rashid may have read engineering at Oxford and started his career as a banker, but in the 25 years since he has forged the kind of BBC career that you suspect is building towards a job right at the top of the ladder.

After spells on the World Service, BBC World and BBC News, he headed up BBC East Midlands before moving to Manchester in 2009 as head of BBC North West. One of the most powerful Asians in the British media, Rashid oversees all BBC content generated in the region on TV, radio and online.