Ryan joined the North East Local Enterprise Partnership in September 2015 on a secondment from his position as Director of Applied Learning and Senior Leader at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in South Tyneside. Ryan led the national pilot of the Gatsby Foundation ‘Good Career Guidance’ benchmarks, working with Professor Sir John Holman, schools and colleges in the North East (and across the country) and is currently supporting the regional and national roll out.
In his previous role Ryan led the academy’s national specialism in applied vocational education from 2007. He was appointed as National Lead Practitioner for Applied Learning and Vocational Training in 2008/9 for the SSAT, where he worked to develop the national careers, work related learning and enterprise agenda. In 2010, Ryan was awarded the ‘Sinnott Fellowship’ in recognition of his innovative work engaging employers in education and establishing an ‘outward-facing’ culture in schools that encouraged mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership working. In 2012, the SSAT recognised Ryan’s work in applied learning as ‘transforming and leading’.
As well as supporting the national roll out of the Gatsby benchmarks, Ryan is currently leading work working with the Edge Foundation and schools in the North East to translate a model of high quality employer engagement from the USA into UK context. In March 2017, in recognition of his work in leading the national pilot into careers education (liaising with DfE, Ministerial Teams and a range of national and regional organisations) Ryan was recognised as ‘UK Career Educator of the Year’ by the Careers Development Institute. Ryan is also governor at an outstanding primary school in Gateshead.