Of the 35,000 people BAE Systems employs in the UK, 11,000 of them are based in Lancashire. Its most senior communications representative in the North is Jon Bonnick, who heads communications for the Military Air & Information business, but Bonnick is only filling the position temporarily while a permanent appointment is made.

Of the permanent staff currently overseeing comms in the North, the most senior is Kate Roberts, who heads up communications for the Vehicle and Munitions businesses. Roberts has just clocked up 14 years at BAE, having previously held a comms role at a printing company in Leeds for 12 years.