Former Cardinal Heenan Pupil Deborah McAndrew has been appointed as the new Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.
Born in Huddersfield, Deborah lived in Leeds throughout her childhood and was a pupil here from 1982 to 1987, in the days when this was a 13-18 school. After completing A-levels here she moved on to a degree in Drama at The University of Manchester. She trained as a teacher before embarking on a successful career as a writer and actor. Having worked extensively in theatre, television and radio in a career spanning almost 30 years, Deborah co-founded Claybody Theatre Company in Stoke-on-Trent in 2013, where she is currently Creative Director.
Deborah has performed and published plays including original work, such as the World War One drama An August Bank Holiday Lark which won the National Theatre Award for the Best New Play of 2014. She has also adapted classic novels for the stage, such as Charles Dickens' Hard Times, which runs at The West Yorkshire Playhouse next month. 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 last visited her old school in 2014 to present trophies and certificates at our annual presentation evening. Deborah is the sister of current staff member Mrs Price, Pupil Behaviour and Wellbeing Manager.
Deborah was quoted in the press this week paying compliments to her schooling. She said: "I was educated through the Catholic schools of Leeds and I have remained close to my roots. Higher education should be a gateway through which young people pass into fulfilled and productive lives.’ Deborah’s official installation as Chancellor will take place on Friday 15 June 2018. She follows on in the role from another former Cardinal Heenan pupil, BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan.