Lucy Adams: Biography highlights

Lucy Adams has led successful change in complex organisations for over 15 years, whose insights into the ups and downs of leading in a crisis both organisationally and personally are insightful and honest.

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About Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams, CEO of Disruptive HR, talks about the challenges facing leaders and HR today:

  • How to manage, engage and develop people in the 21st century
  • How to lead in a disrupted world
  • How to create more innovation through your people
  • How to stay resilient

Lucy created Disruptive HR after having held senior level HR roles in a variety of sectors, most recently at the BBC where she was the HR Director on the Executive Board during one of that organisation’s most turbulent periods. In just five years the BBC had four CEOs, opened the new BBC in the North of England and the largest multi-media newsroom in Europe, became ever more digital across its news and television output, delivered significant financial reductions and managed numerous crises. Lucy was at the heart of all of these and led on many more.

Before joining the BBC Lucy was Group HR Director at Serco plc, a multi-national plc delivering large scale government contracts across the world. She has led and delivered change in complex organisations for over 15 years.

During her time at the BBC, Lucy grew frustrated with the lack of innovation in the HR profession and wanted to find new ways of tackling old problems. She now runs the agency to help HR Directors and business leaders do things differently.

Lucy is also the author of “HR Disrupted”, a book packed with practical ways to innovate your approach to leading people in a disrupted world. To provide us with more informative and helpful tips to approach HR, the second edition of this book has been released just recently.



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Building A Workforce In A Disrupted World | Lucy Adams
Building A Workforce In A Disrupted World | Lucy Adams
Reinventing HR with Lucy Adams
Reinventing HR with Lucy Adams
Lucy Adams, BBC @ Fifteen Seconds Festival 2017
Lucy Adams, BBC @ Fifteen Seconds Festival 2017
Reward Live 2016: Lucy Adams discusses HR people challenges
Reward Live 2016: Lucy Adams discusses HR people challenges

You managed to do that difficult thing of getting people to think more broadly about their profession, sharing fresh thinking from other companies and weaving this into a stimulating and entertaining narrative - great result!'


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Standard Life

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Countrywide plc

'You were a massive hit at the event and your style resonated brilliantly. The feedback was outstanding and I can't thank you enough.'


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Johnson & Johnson

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