Nick Ryan

Strategic Communications Advisor in the United Kingdom

Nick Ryan

Strategic Communications Advisor in the United Kingdom

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An award-winning international journalist since 1992, today I drive strategic communications for clients in the legal, anti-corruption and anti-extremism fields.


I head communications for investigative law firm MKS and was previously communications director for the anti-extremism campaign, HOPE not hate. Other clients have included the UK government’s Cabinet Office, the Centre for Finance & Security (at RUSI), plus international NGOs such as the ICRC, Muslim Aid, Health Poverty Action and Children on the Edge.


As a journalist, I have reported from conflict zones, written from the townships of South Africa, undertaken investigations into gold selling in virtual games, visited Kurdistan, produced longform Ponzi investigations, covered the case of the 'American Taliban', and witnessed the birth of an amazing TV network which helped unite the Kurdish nation (for WIRED) – see more at my legacy site.


An early digital adopter, I was an editor for the Royal Geographical Society’s magazine, Geographical, pioneering its online expansion. I helped launch Yoosk, a cutting-edge new media project that allowed the public to pose direct questions to politicians and public figures. I have gone on to lead brand strategy, and manage digital and social media, plus run podcasts, for various clients.


I'm the author of a critically-acclaimed exposé of extreme-right movements across the globe, called HOMELAND: Into a World of Hate, described as "reportage of the most illuminating kind" by the Times Literary Supplement, "a tremendous scary exposé" by The Independent, and "a heart of darkness" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. I continue to edit books.


I was Creative Producer of the BBC One TV drama England Expects, which was inspired by HOMELAND, and have consulted on numerous other TV projects, including helping to create the BBC2 documentary Welcome To The Mosque (which in turn laid the foundations for the award-winning ‘I’m Not A Monster' podcast series).


  • 1999 – Special Commendation Award (International Federation of Journalists)
  • 2005 – Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism (nominated)
  • Work
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We were looking for support to expand our communications reach on tackling dirty money in the UK at a critical time of change and Nick came in to offer strategic advice and support. He really delivered significant results for us, both in terms of depth and breadth of our reach. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for similar campaign style work. His knowledge, advice and connections are outstanding.
Helena Wood, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, RUSI
I have worked with Nick, on and off, since 2007. He is a real "wood for the trees" advisor when it comes to distilling and articulating the message to be delivered. He knows his job and is very straightforward to deal with; not always "givens" in the media/PR world.
Dan Wise, Partner, Martin Kenney & Co (MKS)
Nick has a flair for both writing and editing, bringing content to life on the page and in digital media. His attention to detail is paired with an ability to see all angles of a piece as it develops. He also has a talent for creating visually pleasing content. Above all else, he's an absolute mensch and lovely to work with.
Jemma Levene, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Countering Digital Hate
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