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University of Bath

Ryan Shorthouse IPR Advisory Board member

Mr Shorthouse is Director of Bright Blue, an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism.


Ryan is the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue. He founded the organisation in 2010 at the age of 24 and became the full-time Director at the start of 2014. Ryan is an expert on education and social policy and a political commentator. He regularly appears on national TV and radio, appearing on the Daily Politics Show, Newsnight, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Sky 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 Observer, The Spectator, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.

He is a trustee of 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. He is a volunteer tennis coach, a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation and was a governor of a local primary school.

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 ten research papers and designed innovative policies on childcare, welfare, public service reform, higher education and health. He has provided regular analysis and policies to various Ministers and government departments, with many ideas adopted by the 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.