After qualifying from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Rhydian spent five years working as a clinician in hospitals in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Bath and Bristol, gaining experience in a wide range of specialties including general and acute medicine.
He joined the diplomatic service in 2000 and served for eleven years in a variety of postings including at the British Embassy, Tokyo, as well as working on the NATO counter terrorism and counter-proliferation policy.
After the FCO he spent six years as a senior civil servant, first at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, where he led a national nuclear emergency planning improvement programme, then at the Department for Transport where he oversaw Network Rail’s delivery of its £15bn rail enhancement programme.
Rhydian returned to the NHS to join NHS Improvement as the Director of Policy & Implementation and Deputy SRO for Getting It Right First Time. His role includes ensuring that GIRFT evolves from the successful orthopaedics pilot into a national programme delivering improvements in more than 30 specialties across all English hospital trusts.