Andy Street CBE

Mayor of the West Midlands

Andy Street CBE grew up in the West Midlands, before studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford.

After graduating, he joined the John Lewis graduate scheme, and rose through the ranks to become managing director in 2007, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history. Andy left John Lewis in 2016 to run for Mayor of the West Midlands, subsequently winning the May 2017 mayoral election.

Andy has combined his career with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government. These included chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) between 2011 and 2016, and lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government, as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands, having previously served as vice chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the city’s Symphony and Town Halls.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named ‘Most Admired Leader’ by business magazine, Management Today in 2014 and received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.