Dean Royles
Dean Royles was appointed as director for NHS Employers in December 2010 and is now its chief executive.

He has established a strong voice and profile for employers on issues including pay, pensions, training, well-being and ensuring quality - always with a focus on helping the NHS do its very best for patients.

His knowledge comes from an impressive HR career within the service. This has proved invaluable because the scale of the NHS, as Europe's largest employer, is matched by its complexity.

His previous roles include director of workforce and education at NHS North West, director of HR and communications at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and deputy director of workforce for the NHS at the Department of Health, where he was responsible for developing a national HR strategy for the NHS, key elements of which include staff engagement and social partnership.

Royles was the first HR director at East Midlands Ambulance Service following its creation in 1999. He has also worked at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and in a community trust, having started his HR career in industrial relations in a local authority.

He firmly believes in leading by example and champions projects including Positive, Fair and Diverse and the Apprenticeship Network.

He is 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. Royles is married with four children and lives in Sheffield.

Blog Entries by Dean Royles

It Seems Morale and Motivation Is Not the Worst It's Ever Been.... Again!

(8) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (23:00)

Sorry, it had to be said. Every year for as long as I can remember I get told that morale and motivation in the NHS has never been so low. This is often repeated as though it's scientific fact. This sentiment is most evident when we discuss the annual pay...

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The Francis Inquiry Demands Strong Leadership Not Damage Limitation

(2) Comments | Posted 7 February 2013 | (10:10)

The long awaited Francis report into NHS standards of care has been published (6 February 2013) and it's every bit as stark and challenging as we had imagined. It is a heartrending read. The thoughts of all of us in the NHS are with the friends and families of those...

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