Brooks grew up in the mining town of Shirebrook in Derbyshire and was the first member of her family to go to university, holding down several jobs to fund her degree at Nottingham University. She was offered one of 12 places on KPMG’s management programme, graduated with a MBA Distinction from Manchester Business School (scooping the prize for highest overall performance), then joined Asda. Within a year, she’d been promoted to head of commercial finance (general merchandise). Now at parent company Walmart, she heads up global strategy, planning and PMO for finance global business services.
Photographer: Julian Dodd