Dean Royles was appointed as Director for NHS Employers in December 2010. 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.
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 from Sheffield Hallam. He is 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. In 2011, Dean became the first male business champion against domestic violence and 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 HR's Most Influential Practitioner in 2012. Dean is married with four children and lives in Sheffield.