Previously lived in Yorkshire as head of news at ITV Tyne Tees and Border, but now resides in Manchester having taken over the same role at Granada Reports two years ago, replacing Richard Frediani. For West it marked a return to the programme she had originally joined in 1999 as a bulletin editor and then news editor.

Her time in charge of ITV’s third biggest regional news has been eventful so far: she was at the helm when the programme moved to new studios in the Orange Tower at MediaCityUK, and its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster and the Lee Rigby trial saw it nominated for television BAFTAs in each of the last two years, beating the BBC and Channel 4 to the award last year.