Ryan Shorthouse

Executive Chair

Ryan is the Founder and Executive Chair of Bright Blue. He was Chief Executive from 2014-2023. Under his leadership, Bright Blue has grown significantly in size, reputation and impact. The organisation was shortlisted for the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 UK social policy think tank of the year and UK environment and energy think tank of the year in the prestigious annual Prospect Magazine awards.

Ryan was appointed a Commissioner of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bath. He is also a trustee of the What Works Centre, Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO), and was previously a trustee for the Early Intervention Foundation (2017-2023), Young Women’s Trust (2014-2019) and the Daycare Trust (2010-2015). He sits on the advisory council of the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research, and was previously on the advisory council of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Shelter’s Big Conversation on Social Housing. He is a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation and was governor of a new secondary school in East London from 2017-2023.

Ryan has written the following reports:


ArticlesRyan Shorthouse
June 17, 2024

Ryan Shorthouse: How the centre-right can leverage AI to start a new chapter

In The NewsRyan Shorthouse
June 3, 2024

LBC: Rachel Johnson

In The NewsRyan Shorthouse
June 3, 2024

LBC: Lisa Aziz

ArticlesRyan ShorthouseThomas Nurcombe
March 25, 2024

Ryan Shorthouse and Thomas Nurcombe: The centre-right case for redistributing wealth