Andy Harrison

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Andy Harrison is the chief executive of Whitbread plc.


Harrison has business experience as the managing director of Courtaulds International Fabrics and finance director of Courtaulds Textiles plc and a non-executive directorship at British media company Emap plc, where he was chairman of the audit committee.

From 1996 to 2005 he was the chief executive of automotive services company RAC plc and from 2005 to 2010 he was chief executive of British airline easyJet plc.

In September 2010 he was appointed to board and as chief executive of hotel, coffee shop and restaurant company Whitbread plc - parent company of Costa Coffee and Premier Inn.[1]

In 2014, as a result of cashing in £2.6 million of his shares in the company, Harrisons wage rose 84 percent from £3.4 million to £6.4 million.[2]

Support for the Conservative Party

2010 election

Harrison backed the Conservative pledge not to increase National Insurance if they won the 2010 General Election.[3]

Letter to the Telegraph

On 1 April 2015 Harrison was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.[4]


  1. Whitbread Andy Harrison, accessed 2 April 2015.
  2. Sean Farrell Whitbread chief's pay package soars by 85% to almost £6.4m Guardian, 9 May 2014, accessed 2 April 2015.
  3. Robert Winnett and Andrew Porter General Election 2010: 30 more business leaders back Tories on National Insurance Telegraph, 7 April 2010, accessed 8 April 2015.
  4. Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 2 April 2015.