Ford will be familiar to any journalist who has ever worked on a Manchester crime story – before joining First Transpennine Express in January, she’d headed up the press office at GMP since 2009, and was a part of its comms team for 13 years in all. She now leads a team of four at the Manchester city centre-based train operator, with the persistent threat of industrial action giving the team plenty to occupy it in terms of planning and management.

Outside the office, Ford is a regular at Sale Water Park’s fitness bootcamp classes.