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. In December 2018, he moved to support Operational Productivity by working as joint SRO in the Clinical Productivity Team and becoming SRO for the Sector Development team. In his role as GIRFT Director for Procurement and Partnerships, he facilitates closer collaboration across workstreams with significant areas of mutual interest.