Ryan is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Manchester, specialising in community arts and Cultural Policy. He holds a PhD from York St John University in community music and cultural policy and has research interests in the funding structures surrounding community arts activity and their effects on the working practices and conditions of artists and organisations.
Alongside his academic work, Ryan has experience of delivering and managing a range of community arts programmes. He held the position of Training Manager at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music where he was responsible for supporting the development and delivery of training for the musician workforce alongside being the programme leader
for the Youth Music-funded Loud and Clear programmes working with foster and adoptive families across the North East.
Ryan is proud to be part of Blue Cabin as a Trustee, supporting the organisation in providing opportunities for care-experienced children to engage in arts and cultural activity.