Hunter has been in her current role for four and a half years after initially joining the £832m-turnover Northumbrian Water as head of corporate responsibility back in 2006.

She now leads a team of 20, mostly based in Durham but with a small team down in Suffolk and Essex (where the company is responsible for the water supply of around 800,000 properties).

Recent campaigns have included one informing the public about what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the loo – starring a character called Dwaine Pipe – and an efficiency campaign called Every Drop Counts.