Lunch with Lucy Adams

Part of the Learning with Leaders series in association with CCLA

Venue: CCLA, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4ET
Date: 5 November 2014
Time: 12:30 - 14:30

Lucy Adams was the HR Director on the Executive Board of the BBC during one of its most turbulent periods. In just two years the BBC had four CEOs, opened the new BBC in the North of England and the largest multi-media newsroom in Europe, delivered £200m+ of savings and managed numerous crises. Lucy was at the heart of all of these and led on many more. Prior to 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.

All leaders are expected to remain resilient in the face of uncertainty, extreme pressure and setbacks. Stakeholders expect leaders to demonstrate agility, adaptability, and – if a crisis hits – the ability to bounce back. Lucy Adams will share her experiences of being at the top of the BBC when the Savile crisis hit, triggering the resignation of the Director-General and months of turmoil. She will share the learning from this period for individuals and organisations and will offer her thoughts on what leading through a reputational crisis means. At this lunch she will also discuss problems facing senior female leaders.

The Learning with Leaders series of lunches is proudly delivered in association with CCLA. These events are designed to be intimate and informal, under Chatham House rules.

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