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Our Chancellor

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The Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University is playwright, actor and theatre company Creative Director Deborah McAndrew.​

Born in Huddersfield, Deborah lived in Leeds throughout her childhood before studying Drama at university. She trained as a teacher before embarking on a successful career as a writer and actor, but always maintained strong links with education – working with children and young people through outreach and community projects, and delivering workshops in schools and guest lectures at universities in Lancashire and Staffordshire.

Click here to watch a recording of ​the Chancellor Installation​

The role of Chancellor

The Chancellor of Leeds Trinity performs a ceremonial role, acting as a key ambassador for the University. Among the Chancellor's key responsibilities is the conferment of degrees at graduation ceremonies.

About our Chancellor

Having worked extensively in theatre, television and radio in a career spanning more than 20 years, Deborah co-founded Claybody Theatre Company in Stoke-on-Trent in, where she is currently Creative Director.

Deborah has performed and published plays including original work, such as her award-winning World War One drama An August Bank Holiday Lark, and adaptations of classic novels, such as Charles Dickens' Hard Times, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.

Beginning her acting career in the 1990s on the cobbles of Coronation Street, where she played Weatherfield regular Angie Freeman, Deborah has appeared regularly in BBC radio drama. Her theatre credits include work for London and regional theatres, and national touring.

She lives in Stoke-on-Trent with her husband, actor and musician Conrad Nelson, and their daughter.

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