Joe Royle

Joe spent his formative years in Manchester before crossing the Pennines to study Psychology at Sheffield University. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there, and met Hilary (his future wife) Ballroom Dancing, way before it became a popular TV Programme.


After graduating, he spent a very enjoyable 30 year career with South Yorkshire and The Metropolitan Police.  Retiring in 2011, he went on to pursue his next adventure by becoming a property developer and landlord, where he fully manages a small portfolio of residential properties in London, Sheffield, and Lincoln.


Joe has also spent a number of years since his 'retirement' taking people on escorted rail journeys across Europe. Joining Back Roads in 2015, Joe has delivered a number of tours in England, France, and 1st World War Battle Field Tours. Married to Hilary for over 30 years, they have 3 grown up children, and spend their spare time travelling, renovating a rural property in the Vienne region of France, and generally enjoying life.