Andy Street (1981)
Andy has spent his career at the John Lewis Partnership, joining after graduating from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1985. Andy became Managing Director of the John Lewis Division in 2007 and has led the business through times of significant change in both the economy and the retail industry at large. During this time, John Lewis's gross sales have increased by 35% to over £4bn. It has opened 16 new shops, and the johnlewis.com business has seen annual sales of over £1bn - making the department store one of the UK's most respected and successful
After initial roles in department stores, head office and manufacturing units, Andy became Managing Director of John Lewis Milton Keynes in 1993, followed by the same role at Bluewater in 1998. In 2000 he became Supply Chain Director, followed by his appointment to the Partnership Board as Director of Personnel in 2002. In February 2007 Andy became Managing Director of the John Lewis Division, responsible for all activities within John Lewis.
Andy is Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the body tasked with driving private sector growth in the region. He is also Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the city's Symphony and Town Halls and he is a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group.
Why I am supporting the AP100 Campaign
I am keen to be an Ambassador for the AP100 Campaign as the Assisted Places scheme is a great way of achieving one of KE's aims - to be a vehicle for social mobility. I strongly believe that boys should have access to the best education irrespective of their background. That was the case when I enjoyed King Edwards in the 70s and should be now. Indeed as our City faces rapid changes equality of opportunity is even more important. The Assisted Places scheme provides exactly that, and is therefore well worth supporting.