A former on-screen reporter for North West Tonight and producer for Granada, Lewis owns 100% of £2.2m-turnover Nine Lives, the production company she founded in 2007 and now has 28 staff.

Arguably the largest factual indie in the North West, recent commissions include Pound Shop Wars, The Human Mannequin and the BAFTA-winning Me, My Dad and His Kidney. The 49-year-old is also the founder of The Indie Club networking organisation, which now has 400 members, vice-chairs the PACT Council and sits on the RTS NW Committee.