A former international gymnast, Slater’s stock as one of British broadcasting’s leading figures was cemented last month with the award of an OBE. A BBC ‘lifer’, she’s spent most of those 30-plus years in the sports department, culminating in her taking over the top job from Roger Mosey in 2009.

She couldn’t have picked a more significant time to take the helm – aside from managing BBC Sport’s move to MediaCityUK, she also led the coverage for the 2012 Olympics, the Beeb’s biggest ever event. Last year she also won back the broadcasting rights for the FA Cup after a five-year absence, although she’s also overseen the loss of full Formula One coverage and the Grand National moved to Channel 4 in 2012.