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Dean Royles

Dean Royles

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

From September 2014

Dean was previously Chief Executive of NHS Employers appointed in December 2010. His previous roles include Director of Workforce and Education at NHS North West and Deputy Director of Workforce for the NHS at the Department of Health.

Dean was the first HR director at East Midlands Ambulance Service following its creation in 1999. He has also worked at an acute hospital and in a community and mental health trust having started his HR career in industrial relations in a local authority.

Dean has an MSc in Human Resources. He is a member of Sheffield Business School's Advisory Board and also a visiting fellow at Newcastle Business School, chair of the board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a chartered fellow for the same organisation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford for his contribution to health services management.

In 2011, Dean became the first male business champion against domestic violence and is a national ambassador for the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network. He is a regular conference speaker, published in a number of journals, on the editorial board of HRMJ and provides expert opinion in the national media. He was voted UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioner in 2012, 2013 and 2014.