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.