Ryan is the Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement joining the Service in April 2019. He is a member of the Service Executive Team with responsibility for Communications, Media, Public Affairs, Public Relations and Engagement.
Before taking up post in Police Service NI he was Head of Public Engagement at Queen’s University, Belfast responsible for leading the University’s civic and political engagement programmes which included lobbying, advocacy and policy-oriented campaigns, promoting the University's interests at all civic levels and acting as media spokesperson. He was the curator and coordinator of the 20th Anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement Building Peace celebrations hosted by the University in April 2018.
Prior to his role in Queen’s University he was a Senior Official and Head of Community Development, Strategy and Public Affairs for the Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association were he was responsible for Community Development, Public Affairs, Community Outreach, Marketing, Communications and Strategic Development. He also served a term as a Visiting Professor of Governance in Policy at Ulster University from 2014 to 2016.
From May 2011 to December 2018 he served as an independent member of Northern Ireland Policing Board. During his tenure his responsibilities included acting as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, Vice Chairman of the Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee and lead Board Member for Human Rights and Professional Standards.
He is a graduate of Education with Business Studies and History from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast and holds an MA in Irish History and Politics from Ulster University and an LL.M in Law, Governance and Public Policy from Queen's University, Belfast. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). In 2013 he was the recipient of the CIM Leadership Excellence Award for best local Marketing Director. In 2011 he was a participant on the US Department of Commerce and International Fund for Ireland sponsored American Management and Business Internship (AMBIT) based in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.