Ms Adamson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has previously served in Hong Kong and as Representative of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office, Taiwan.
She has also served in the United Kingdom including as Deputy High Commissioner from July 2005 to January 2009. Between January 2009 and December 2010 she was Chief of Staff to Stephen Smith, both as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence.
Ms Adamson holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and speaks Mandarin. She is married with four children.