Shane Ryan is a tireless campaigner for justice, equality, wellbeing, and opportunity for all with over 25 years of experience as a multi-award-winning charity CEO, frequent adviser and consultant, speaker and author. Shane is currently the global executive director at The Avast Foundation, which is working to break down barriers to digital access and inclusion and increase digital freedom around the globe.
He has been a strategic consultant to the Grenfell Response Unit and a corporate consultant on ethical leadership, male wellness, employee experience, engagement, and diversity initiatives. In his previous role as deputy director of the National Lottery Community Fund, he was responsible for strategic national funding and partnerships including those with corporations, central and local government, international grantmaking and place-based innovation. This includes equitable approaches, exemplified in projects such as the community-led National Lottery Phoenix Fund, which focused on global majority communities and their access to emergency funding during and beyond the pandemic.
Shane is a former chair of the AIRE Centre, which is a legal charity working with EU migrants, engaged in strategic litigation and anti-trafficking, and he is also a former chair and co-founder of the Young Westminster Foundation, chair of the Fathers Development Foundation, former vice-chair of Children England and currently chair and co-founder of The Grenfell Children and Young People’s Fund. He has held a range of managerial appointments in charities as well as Home Office and DCMS secondments. He has written for national and international publications from Lancet to Huffington Post as well as Central Government and has also designed a number of programs and interventions related to men and masculinity internationally.