Top HR role at BBC goes to Eversheds HR chief Lucy Adams

The BBC has hired a new HR chief to replace Stephen Kelly.

Lucy Adams, the current HR director at law firm Eversheds, will join the broadcasting giant this June to take up the post of director, BBC people, in the corporation’s HR division. Her role is a direct replacement of Kelly’s, who left the BBC last year to join IT company Logica as HR director.

In her new position, Adams will be responsible for the full range of HR functions including training and development, resourcing, employee relations, reward, safety, organisation design and change management. She will lead a team of 475 HR, training and safety professionals.

The role includes responsibility for the BBC’s outsourced HR services, and will see Adams become a member of the BBC executive board.

Adams said: “The BBC is a unique organisation. Its staff create output and services which are hugely valued by countless millions across the world. It’s a privilege to join the BBC and make a contribution in the challenging climate ahead.”

Adams has been at Eversheds since April 2008. Prior to this she spent nine years at facilities management group Serco, starting as change director in the rail division prior to becoming the group HR director in 2004.

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