Hughes-D'Aeth is new HR director

Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth will report to Anne Bulford

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Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth is to join the BBC in August as its new HR director.

She replaces Lucy Adams, who left the Corporation earlier this month after a difficult five year tenure.

Hughes-D'Aeth is currently group HR and communications director at Amey, a £2.3bn organisation which provides backroom support to public service providers and employs around 21,000 staff.

She previously held similar roles at Xansa and Steria.

The new recruit will report to Anne Bulford, managing director of finance and operations, signalling a closer relationship between finance and HR functions.

Hughes-D'Aeth will be part of the Finance senior leadership team and the BBC Executive Team (the new name for the management board), but she will not sit on the Executive Board.

'Valerie joins with a wealth of operational HR experience over 30 years, including ten years' experience as group HR director in large complex organisations of a similar size to the BBC,' said Tony Hall.

Her early priorities are likely to include overseeing the pay review, the upgrade to the SAP computer system and any ramifications of DQF as the savings programme continues its course.

'I am thrilled to be taking on this role at this exciting time for the BBC and look forward to working with such creative, talented people,' said Hughes D'Aeth on her appointment.

Ahead of her arrival, BBC North director Peter Salmon has been tasked with leading a strategic review of Internal Communications (which sits within BBC People).

'I have been very impressed by the focus on staff development and by the culture in Salford, and I want to see how the rest of the BBC can learn from what has been started there,' explained the director general.

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