Roger Kline has unrivalled experience of industrial relations in Britain and has pioneered the development of practical responses to the ‘duty of care’ of public service professionals and their right and duty to ‘whistle blow’. A co-director of the pressure group Patients First, he has also been an outspoken campaigner against racism in the workplace.
Currently a visiting fellow at Middlesex University, and a former Head of Equality and Employment Rights at Britain’s University and College Union, there is hardly a workplace challenge Roger has not had to tackle. Pay negotiations in the National Health Service, union recognition in aviation, job evaluation in higher education … he has done it all with eight different unions.
But he is most passionately committed to fighting racial discrimination and supporting public service workers in upholding the highest standards of professional and public accountability. He has served on Britain’s Ministerial NHS Work Force Task Force, the Higher Education Equality Challenge Unit and the Social Work Reform Board. He is the special adviser to the Chair and chief executive of Public Concern at Work.
The author of 24 publications, including Managing Safely (1990), Freedom of Speech in the NHS (1995) and What If? Social Care Professionals and the Duty of Care (2009), Roger has designed and delivered training courses on a wide range of subjects, including health and safety, equality and employment law, and speaking and writing for union representatives. His most recent publication is Professional Accountability in Social Care and Health: Challenging poor practice and its management (Sage 2012)
Roger is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), a member of the Industrial Law Society and a graduate of Keele University with a degree in Politics, History and Economics.