Steve Ryan has 28 years’ experience in media, humanitarian and military settings. After leaving the army he was a High-Risk Manager for the BBC and then Head of Safety and Security for ITN. He then lived in Kenya and was a consultant to various NGOs including the UN World Food Programme in Dadaab refugee camp; before joining Médecins Sans Frontières as a full-time advisor. Most recently he has been an NGO and media security trainer with a focus on interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, risk management in diverse populations and mental health.
“Having worked in some very non-diverse circumstances it has always frustrated me that it seemed difficult to add to the spectrum. This is morally wrong, adds to the risks faced by our colleagues and limits our view of what really constitutes threat and vulnerability. Ultimately, I intend to work myself out of a role and help find my replacement who does not look, sound or think like me. But action is required, not just righteous thought, and it is my privilege to serve this committee which will reveal the hidden talent and provide the same opportunities that I have enjoyed.”