Lucy Adams

Author and Disruptive HR Expert

Lucy Adams was the UK BBC’s HR Director during one of its most turbulent periods.

Responsible for all aspects of employee relations, reward, training and development, she reduced the BBC management by over 30%, saving the organisation £25m a year.

In her five year tenure Lucy saw four DGs come and go, oversaw the move to the Salford site and coped with numerous, very public crises including executive pay-offs and the Savile scandal. This alongside the everyday work of talent retention, development and remuneration, HR policy, and the challenges of delivering multiple changes in a publicly-funded organisation working in a highly commercial, fast-moving sector with over 20,000 employees.

After her role at the BBC, Lucy grew frustrated with the lack of innovation and fresh thinking in the profession and wanted to find new ways of tackling old problems. She now runs The Disruptive HR Agency to help HR Directors and business leaders do things differently.

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