Growing up in Cheshire and now living in Leeds, Ford is one of the most powerful people in UK radio. She runs a portfolio of 45 commercial local, national and digital stations, including Absolute Radio, Key 103, Metro Radio, Radio Aire and City Talk, reaching 14.4m listeners in total.

Starting her career in local newspaper advertising sales, Ford joined Emap in 1994 as MD of Preston-based Rock FM, progressing to group MD of Emap Radio. The business was acquired by the Bauer Media Group in 2008. A keen cook and gardener, her achievements were recognised with a Gold award at the 2011 Arqiva Awards.