Ryan is the Director of Bright Blue, a think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism, which he founded in 2010. Ryan is a writer and expert on Conservative politics and philosophy, and education and social policy. He is a regular commentator on TV, radio, and in newspapers. He is the author of various books and reports, and the architect of several policies which have been adopted by government. Most recently, he co-authored Tory modernisation 2.0, a blueprint for the future strategy and policies of the Conservative Party. Ryan was also a researcher for David Willetts MP and Maria Miller MP, and was Political Secretary of the Bow Group.