Andrew McConnell
Andrew McConnell
Head of media
UK Civil Aviation Authority

Andrew McConnell is the Head of Media at the UK Civil Aviation Authority; he has worked in the travel and transport sector for almost 30 years.

Andrew’s career began in the rail sector during the British Rail and Network SouthEast era, later being involved in the launch of Eurostar at Waterloo International Terminal. He was also station manager at Kings Cross station during the tragedy of the London 7/7 bombings. He has held a variety of other operational management roles within the rail sector.  

Since 2007, Andrew has specialised in communications, with his first media relations role at Heathrow Express. Andrew went on to become of Head of Corporate Affairs for easyJet, which saw him involved in the company’s substantive growth and launching of a charitable partnership with UNICEF, which to date has raised over £11 million. Andrew has also worked at other high-profile organisations, including Flybe, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Trains and The Department for Transport.

His time at the UK Civil Aviation Authority has seen him lead the media and digital team through some of the biggest events in UK aviation, including the collapse of Thomas Cook and Monarch, the regulators’ Covid-19 response and the organisation becoming the UK’s spaceflight regulator.