founder and chief executive
Professor Tim Lang
professor of food policy
City University London
group director resources
head of research and development for counter fraud
Ryan is the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue. He founded the organisation in 2010 and finally became the full-time Chief Executive at the start of 2014. Under his leadership, Bright Blue has grown significantly in size, reputation and impact. Ryan was previously a Research Fellow for the think tank the Social Market Foundation and was part of the team that won Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank of the Year in 2012. Prior to 2010, he was a researcher for Rt Hon David Willetts MP when he was Shadow Education Secretary, where he authored the Conservative Party’s Childhood Review. Ryan is a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London. He is a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation, and was previously a trustee for the 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, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Shelter’s Big Conversation on Social Housing.
Professor Tim Lang
The first person to coin the expression ‘food-miles’, Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy since 2002. He was directly responsible for founding Sustain, the highly influential network of non-governmental organisations concerned with the health of our food supply. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since, advising government and global bodies on sustainability and food security.
Tony has over 25 years’ experience of working in social housing as both an Executive Director and Board Member with a number of different organisations.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CiPFA’s) Housing Panel and Chair of the Gwynedd Pension Board. His main areas of responsibility with Cartrefi Conwy include business planning, financial management, governance, human resources, insurance and information and communication technology.
Laura Hough is the Head of Research and Development for Counter Fraud at CIPFA and is currently leading a review for MHCLG on the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement. She was formerly the Deputy Head of Counter Fraud Management at the British Council, leading on the prevention and detection strands of the Counter Fraud Strategy. She is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and has over 10-years experience working as a forensic accountant and on financial and fraud investigations. This experience spans a range of different sectors: private practice in a specialised forensic accountancy firm covering a range of different matters; working for the Financial Services Regulator (FSA/FCA) on often high-profile regulatory and criminal investigations; and more recently in the not-for-profit sector as the Counter Fraud Specialist for the West and Central Africa Region at Save the Children. Laura has led investigations in sometimes challenging locations, as well as managing staff in overseas locations to carry out investigations.