Woodward is currently overseeing the launch of The Space Project, Manchester’s new £10m drama production hub and a sister scheme to The Sharp Project development that she also spearheaded.

It’s the latest example of Woodward turning a big idea into reality, having previously been creative director for both the 2002 Commonwealth Games and Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture bid in 2008.

It’s sometimes easy to forget she also had a long career in journalism, starting on the Liverpool Echo and working for the BBC and Channel 4 before a successful period at Granada culminated in five years as managing director. She was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to broadcasting and the Commonwealth Games.