Meet Ryan, our Youth in Mind Programme Manager

What’s your role at Mind in Bradford?

My role is programme manager for Youth in Mind. I work with service managers across the providers in the programme to ensure that projects we subcontract and commission are meeting the needs of children and young people in the district. 

What have you done previously?

I’ve worked in the voluntary and community sector for the last five years mostly working with LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent people. I’ve done a lot of advocacy work for these communities with the NHS, social services, local government and the Home Office. I previously worked in contract management for the Help to Buy: ISA and MGS Schemes.

Why did you want to work at Mind in Bradford?

I was ready for a new challenge and this role offers me good networking opportunities across the district with lots of different stakeholders in schools, the NHS and local government. I’m also passionate about getting support to disadvantaged communities in the district, which I now have an opportunity to do. I’m from Bradford and understand some of the challenges intimately.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The culture at Mind in Bradford (MiB) is something I’m really proud to contribute towards. There is a transparency, openness and honesty from senior leadership, which I really value. Also my passion for equality, diversity and inclusion is something that is shared throughout the organisation and colleagues are actively making changes to make MiB a more accessible place to visit and work for all people.

What do you like to do outside work?

I really enjoy being outside, I have a whippet called Stella and like to get out for long walks and camping trips with her whenever I can. I also enjoy spending time in my “yarden” growing plants, herbs and vegetables. I’ve recently harvested some garlic!

Posted on: 20th August 2022

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