Andrea Adams, broadcaster and journalist, was the first person to recognise the significance of workplace bullying, and her book entitled ‘Bullying at Work’ published by Virago in 1992, remains a landmark in this field.
Andrea Adams helped many people address the issues of bullying and harassment in the workplace and following her death in 1995 a charitable Trust was founded in her name by Lyn Witheridge to continue and build on the work she had started. The Andrea Adams Trust, under the leadership of Lyn as CEO worked tirelessly for fifteen years to raise awareness of workplace bullying and harassment though training and consultancy delivery and by directly supporting targets through their national helpline. The Trust also founded the acclaimed awareness campaign entitled National Ban Bullying at Work Day, held annually on the 7th November. The Trust closed in June 2009 although training and consultancy work continued through the independent Andrea Adams Consultancy originally formed by Lyn and now run by Alison Twist, Director.
Alison met Lyn in 2003 and was inspired by her work. They discovered a mutual passion for the subject of bullying and harassment and worked together on many projects. Alison has a wealth of experience in the field and is committed to continuing the work of her friend and colleague. Lyn remains involved in the Consultancy as a Non Executive Director bringing her wealth of knowledge as a leader in the field of workplace bullying and harassment to the work of the consultancy. The Andrea Adams Consultancy works to reduce the incidence of workplace bullying by promoting a wider understanding of the issue and by providing a professional source of information, consultancy and training.