Beginning her career in the early 80s as a journalist, the Huddersfield University graduate spent seven years at Manweb before an 11-year stint at Scottish Power, where she led comms in Wales and the North West before becoming UK Government and Community Affairs Director. She’s also worked for the Central Office of Information.

A restructure triggered her departure from Scottish Power and she joined United Utilities, the UK’s largest listed water company with a head office in Warrington, in 2006.

She is now a part of the £1.7bn-turnover company’s executive team.