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BBC head of HR to leave her job following 'corporate fraud and cronyism' claims

Lucy Adams, the BBC’s head of HR, has announced that she will leave her job without receiving any severance package, following claims of “corporate fraud and cronyism” over expensive pay-offs awarded to former executives.

The news comes just days after the NUJ told BBC director general Tony Hall about allegations of targeting union activists during planned pension scheme changes in 2010.

However, both Adams and the BBC say that her plans to leave predate the meeting Hall had with Michelle Stanistreet, the NUJ’s general secretary.

Adams said: "I have been discussing my decision to leave the BBC with Tony Hall for some time now. By next spring I will have been at the BBC for five years which feels like a good time to try something new.

“It has been a great privilege to lead the BBC’s People division. 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. I look forward to continuing that work with Tony and the executive board in the coming months.”

A BBC spokesman added: “Lucy Adams’s decision to leave the BBC predates the meeting between the director-general and the NUJ."

Adams will depart at the end of the financial year in March 2014.

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