Lucy Adams to leave the BBC

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HR director Lucy Adams is to leave the BBC next year.

Adams, who joined the corporation in 2009 from legal firm Eversheds, will depart at the end of the financial year in March 2014 and will work up until her leaving date.

She said she'd been discussing her departure with Tony Hall for some time.

'By next spring I will have been at the BBC for five years which feels like a good time to try something new,' said Adams, who is on a £320,000 salary.

'It has been a great privilege to lead the BBC's People division,' she added. 'The BBC is a unique institution and I am extremely proud of the work the team has achieved in spite of the challenges along the way.'

The director general said he would be sorry to see his director, who sits on both the executive and management board, go.

'She has done a great job and contributed a huge amount to the BBC,' he said. 'I am pleased that, in the short term at least, she will continue to help me simplify the way we do business in the BBC so that we can spend more time concentrating on our programmes and services.'

Respect at Work

Adams is responsible for designing and implementing the BBC's HR strategy. She also oversees the BBC Academy and Internal Communications.

In the wake of the Savile scandal she commissioned the Respect at Work review, which set out a series of recommendations on tackling bullying and harassment at the BBC.

She also led negotiations with the unions over pay and DQF proposals relating to unpredictability allowance and redundancy terms.

Adams appeared before the Public Accounts Committee in July, alongside the DG and chairman, to answer questions about severance pay-offs to senior staff following the BBC's drive to cut senior manager numbers.

Her team is currently working on reform of pay and grading, a project that is due to be completed by the end of the year.

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