Ryan is a writer, thinker and entrepreneur. He was named as ‘One to watch’ in 2015 by The Observer.
Ryan is the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue, an independent think tank for liberal conservatism. Ryan is an expert on education and social policy, and a political commentator. He regularly appears on national TV and radio, appearing on Newsnight, the Daily Politics Show, BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 News. Radio 4, Radio 5 and LBC Radio. He provides frequent analysis for national newspapers and magazines, writing for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Spectator, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.
Ryan was previously a Research Fellow for the think tank the Social Market Foundation and was part of the team that won Prospect Magazine’s ‘Think Tank of the Year’ in 2012. At the SMF, he authored numerous research papers and designed innovative policies on childcare, welfare, public service reform, higher education and health. He continues to provide analysis and ideas to Ministers and government departments, with many of his ideas adopted by government.
Prior to 2010, he was a researcher for Rt Hon David Willetts MP when he was Shadow Education Secretary, where he authored the Conservative Party’s Childhood Review, and an adviser to the Conservative Party on families and education, formulating party policy and managing media relations. He was the Political Secretary of the Bow Group, a centre-right think tank. Ryan has also previously been the editor of two political magazines: Crossbow and The Progressive Conscience.
Ryan is a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London. He is a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation and the Young Women’s Trust, and was previously a trustee for the Family and Childcare Trust and the Daycare Trust. He sits on the advisory council of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research and Shelter’s Big Conversation on Social Housing. He is a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation and a governor of a new secondary school in East London.