Ryan is an Ulster Unionist Party Councillor and was elected to the Assembly in 2019 to represent the Faughan DEA within the Derry City & Strabane District Council. Prior to entering Politics Ryan had served as a member of HM Armed Forces for 20 years and is a keen entrepreneur and innovator in the business sector. He is the Veterans Champion (RFCA) for the Local Authority and is a Commissioner on the Londonderry Port & Harbour Board.
Derek was first elected to Strabane District Council in 1989 and has remained a Derg Councillor since, now sitting on Derry City and Strabane District Council having topped his DEA Poll. A member of the Northern Ireland Forum from 1996-1998, Derek retired from Teaching as Head of Business Studies at Castlederg High and served in the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998-2007 as an MLA for West Tyrone. Derek served as Deputy Mayor 2018/2019 and is currently Chair of Derry City and Strabane's Governance and Strategic Planning Committee.
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