HRMI 2022: Roger Kline, research fellow, Middlesex University Business School

Roger Kline has worked for eight trade unions over 25 years, notably leading the negotiations which settled the landmark Enderby equal pay case.  

As research fellow at Middlesex University Business School, he authored the landmark report The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS (2014) and then designed the Workforce Race Equality Standard becoming joint national director 2015-17. 

Kline also helped NHS employers pilot an innovative approach to disciplinary action, which reduced cases by 28% and halved the gap between the treatment of white, black and minority ethnic staff nationally. He is co-author of The Price of Fear (2018) on bullying within the NHS. 

He also co-authored the book Professional accountability in social care and health (2013). Kline has substantially influenced NHS professional regulator equality, diversity and inclusion policy, notably the NMC, the GMC, and as external diversity and inclusion adviser to the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

Most recently, Kline wrote No More Tick Boxes reviewing the research evidence on fair recruitment and career progression within the NHS. The work has been widely welcomed and is being increasingly adopted.  

Kline now advises NHS England/Improvement on equitable recruitment and career progression. 

Kline is adviser to numerous NHS expert groups, NHS Trusts and national bodies on HR, equality, and wellbeing. 


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Roger Kline ranked 18th on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential thinkers in 2022.  

Find the full list of HR Most Influential 2022 practitioners and thinkers here.