Top BBC HR director to speak at GCA conference

Delegates attending the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) golden jubilee conference next year will be treated to some insider tips on how to hone their leadership skills.

The GCA has booked human resources specialist Lucy Adams to speak at its 50th anniversary annual event, which this year takes place in Brighton from January 24 to 27, 2016.

Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA, said: “Lucy was the BBC’s HR director during one of its most turbulent periods. Responsible for all aspects of employee relations, reward, training and development, she reduced the BBC management team by over 30%, saving the organisation £25m a year.”

Lucy, who now runs a communications agency called Firehouse, was in position during a period of extensive expansion and acquisition for the business.

Lucy explained: “During my speech I will discuss how to deliver real change within an organisation, and why it isn’t always popular: balancing the need for quick decisions with possible moral backlashes and issues relating to employee engagement.

“In an uncertain world, many accepted ideas of leadership aren’t up to the job and by looking at everything from management theory to neuroscience, I consider fresh perspectives on leadership, employee engagement and management organisation. I also address how businesses can deal with public scrutiny and adverse publicity, and the nature of leadership and change in organisations.”

The GCA will be releasing details on how to book places for the conference via their website: www.gca.org.uk

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