Deborah McAndrew is Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and was installed in the role in June 2018.
Deborah is a playwright, actor and Creative Director of the Claybody Theatre company.
Born in Huddersfield, Deborah lived in Leeds throughout her childhood before studying Drama at Manchester University. She trained as a teacher at Bretton Hall College 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.
Deborah has performed and published plays including original work, such as her award-winning World War One drama An August Bank Holiday Lark. In her acting career, Deborah has worked extensively in television, theatre and radio. She is best known for her role as Coronation Street regular, Angie Freeman, in the 1990s.
Recognising the impact that higher education can have, Deborah is an advocate for widening access to university, developing students as individuals and broadening horizons through professional practice.
The Chancellor of Leeds Trinity performs a ceremonial role, acting as a key ambassador for the University. Amongst the Chancellor's key responsibilities is the conferment of degrees at graduation ceremonies.