Connock was BBC’s commissioning editor of daytime when ITV Studios poached her in February 2009 to lead entertainment at its Manchester base.

The UMIST graduate started off as a runner on the Big Breakfast and had spells at London Weekend Television, Tiger Aspect and MTV – where she devised the format for Dirty Sanchez – before overseeing the likes of Eggheads, Strictly: It Takes Two and Through the Keyhole.

Her credits since joining ITV have included Goodbye Granadaland and Coronation Street – The Big 50. She’s married to Alex Connock, the MD of Shine North.