The BBC has appointed Lucy Adams, currently HR director at law firm Eversheds, to lead HR at the corporation.

Adams will take over as director, BBC People, on 1 June, stepping into the shoes of Stephen Kelly, who left to join Logica at the beginning of the year. She will lead a 475-strong HR team, also taking responsibility for the BBC’s outsourced HR services and sitting on the BBC executive board.

The move is her second within a year, having joined Eversheds in May 2008. Before that she was HR director at Serco Group, where she worked for nine years.

Announcing the appointment, BBC director-general Mark Thompson said: “The BBC can only achieve its goals of serving audiences through a strong, creative and well-motivated workforce. I believe Adams has the energy, vision and the right experience to help us achieve this.”

Adams added: “The BBC is a unique organisation. Its staff create output and services that are hugely valued by countless millions around the world. It is a privilege to join the BBC and make a contribution to the challenging climate ahead.”