Dean Royles

Dean Royles has been a leading figure in Human Resources (HR) within the NHS for nearly two decades. Chief Executive of NHS Employers since December 2010, Dean came to Leeds Teaching Hospitals mid-2014. 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.


Following its creation in 1999, Dean was the first HR Director at East Midlands Ambulance Service. He has also worked in hospitals 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 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.


In 2011 Dean became the first male business champion against domestic violence for the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV). 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 and provides expert opinion in the national media. He was voted UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioner in 2012, 2013 and 2014.