Lucy Adams, CEO, Disruptive HR

There will be few in HR who haven’t seen Lucy Adams speak or heard of her work

Still described as a slightly ‘marmite character’ all these years later, Adams first came to prominence of course as HR director of the BBC between 2009 and 2014, when she was criticised by the Commons Public Accounts Committee in a hearing over excessive payments to departing BBC executives.

But she bounced back by founding Disruptive HR in April 2014. It aims, through bringing experience of working in corporate HR roles at director and board level and combining strategic and operational HR expertise, to bring a fresh and practical approach. Services offered include consultancy, in-house workshops, mentoring and an SME pay-as-you-go HR service.

Adams has authored two books: HR Disrupted: It’s time for something different, and at the beginning of this year: The HR Change Toolkit: Your complete guide to making it happen. She is a popular speaker for leadership conferences and HR audiences globally and is a prolific blogger.

Clients Disruptive HR has worked with include Specsavers, Dyson, Toyota, Sky, Siemens, Visa, Tesco, Standard Life, Wilko and Superdrug.

Other previous roles besides at the BBC include group HR director at Serco and HR director at Eversheds.