Dean Royles, director of human resources, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dean Royles has been a leading figure in HR within the NHS for nearly two decades. Chief executive of NHS Employers since December 2010, Royles joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals mid-2014. The NHS trust is one of the largest in the country employing over 17,000 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.

Royles was the first HR director at East Midlands Ambulance Service at its formation. 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.

Royles 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 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 Most Influential HR Practitioner in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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