Ms Adams was appointed Deputy Secretary in April 2013.
Prior to that Ms Adams was First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division (from March 2009) and Australia’s lead negotiator for China, Japan, Korea and India bilateral FTA negotiations. Between 2005 and 2008 Ms Adams served as Ambassador for the Environment and Ambassador for Climate Change. Between 1993 and 1996 she worked as an Adviser to the then Minister for Trade and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Senator Peter Cook. Ms Adams joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1999 as Assistant Secretary, APEC Branch.
Overseas, Ms Adams has served as Minister Counsellor (Trade) in Washington (2000 – 2004). She has also worked in both the Environment and Trade Directorates of the OECD in Paris.
Ms Adams was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2007 for outstanding public service in pursuing Australia's international objectives on trade and the environment.
Ms Adams holds Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from Monash University.