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Dean Royles


Dean Royles

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

From September 2014

Dean Royles has been a leading figure in Human Resources (HR) within the NHS for nearly two decades. Former Chief Executive of NHS Employers since December 2010, Dean joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals mid-2014. The NHS trust is one of the largest in the country employing over 17,500 staff. Other notable positions have included Director of Workforce and Education at NHS North West and Deputy Director of Workforce for the NHS at the Department of Health.

Dean has an MSc in Human Resources and is a member of Sheffield Business School's Advisory Board as well as a visiting fellow at Newcastle Business School. He is former Chair of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was awarded Companionship of the CIPD in 2015. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford for his contribution to health services management.

He is a regular conference speaker, published in a number of journals, on the editorial board of HRMJ and the International Journal of Human Resources Development, a social media advocate and provides expert opinion in the national media. He was voted UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioner in 2012, 2013 and 2014. His book with Oxford University Press on Human Resource Management was published in February 2018.