Lucy Adams CEO of Disruptive HR & the former HR Director at the BBC
Lucy created Disruptive HR after having held senior level HR roles in a variety of sectors, most recently at the BBC. She 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 agency to help HR Directors and business leaders to do things differently.
She is a very popular keynote speaker who tackles a wide range of topics suitable for HR or leadership audiences, but these are some of the most popular:
- Delivering differently
- Making change happen
- The future workplace
- Innovative Thinking
- Disruptive HR & Leadership
- Delivering Change
During her tenure as the BBC’s HR Director, Lucy steered the famed institution through some of its most turbulent times; the corporation had four Director-Generals; opened the new broadcasting centre in Salford and the largest multi-media newsroom in Europe; delivered significant financial reductions and handled high profile crises including pay-offs and the Savile scandal.
Lucy had built a strong reputation as Group HR Director at Serco plc and Eversheds. For 15 years she had led and delivered change in complex organisations. Her role at the BBC would be no different. she was responsible for delivering significant changes, including reducing management staff by over 30% and delivering people plans which ensured the smooth opening of BBC North and the new multi-media newsroom in Broadcasting House.
Lucy was also charged with managing the entry and exit of each DG of the period, and became the corporation’s mouthpiece on numerous issues, representing the BBC on the Today programme, Panorama and Newsnight.
With responsibilities including reforming executive pay and managing the subsequent media and political fall-out, Lucy’s high profile position placed her in a highly charged position, professionally and politically.
Lucy brings her experience of working in corporate HR at Director level and combines strategic and operational HR expertise with a fresh but practical approach. Offering something new to HRDs and CEOs, the aim to work with businesses of all types to create irresistible places to work.