Leeds West Academy


Andrew Whitaker

CEO- The White Rose Academies Trust


Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten-year career in the University sector, including working as an Associate Senior Lecturer, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader. 

Andrew secured the role of Executive Principal at the White Rose Academies Trust in September 2016. From the outset, his ambitions have been made clear to his staff; all of the Trust’s schools will be Ofsted graded as outstanding. This achievement will ensure that the academies will provide high quality education throughout the incredible communities they serve. From December 2019, Andrew secured the role of Chief Executive Officer at the White Rose Academies Trust. 

Andrew is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Luminate Education Group. Luminate Education Group is an organisation consisting of the following members; White Rose Academies Trust, Leeds City College, Keighley College, Harrogate College and Leeds College of Music.

In Andrew was awarded a 2018 Churchill Fellowship.  As an Ambassador of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, funded to spend up to 2 months abroad, fact-finding on a topic of his choice – Andrew has chosen to visit the United States of America to research Charter Schools.  He will then return to the UK to share findings within his profession and community, becoming a knowledge leader and hopefully impacting on practitioners and policy makers for many years.  In addition, Andrew is a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle and a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leadership.