Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University
Marcus Ryder is a journalist with over 25 years of experience, including 10 at senior management level. He is the Chair of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) one of the worlds leading drama schools.
He is a leading authority in media diversity and is the Head of External Consultancies at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, a research institute dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the UK media industry. He has given both oral and written evidence to the House of Commons and House of Lords Select Committees on diversity in television.
Previously he was head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs Programmes for eight years and has has considerable knowledge of international broadcasting markets working in China and Malaysia for five years.
He is passionate about the role of a free media in driving global change and media diversity. He continues to regularly write on these issues for publications including the Guardian, Independent, Broadcast, and Television.