Adam’s family have lived and farmed in Northern NSW since the Second World War, and he was raised on the land at Gunnedah and educated in Tamworth. Adam became the youngest Mayor in NSW when he was elected Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council in 2008 after serving on the Council since 2004, when he was just 19 years old.
Throughout his time as Mayor, Gunnedah Shire thrived, being listed as the only council in the New England-North West to be given a sound financial rating by NSW Treasury.
Over this time Adam also gained experience managing his family’s farming enterprises and establishing his own small business. After resigning as Gunnedah Mayor in 2012 Adam moved to Armidale to study for a Master of Business Administration at the University of New England.
Since being elected as the Member for the Northern Tablelands in May 2013 and becoming the state’s youngest MP, Adam has worked hard to bring a renewed focus to the potential of the area, in particular for the younger generations vital to its future. Adam wants young people in country communities to have a choice of jobs and opportunities for education and training, rather than feeling the pressure to relocate to the city.
In Parliament, Adam has been a member of the State and Regional Development and Social Policy Committees and has served as the Temporary Speaker. He held the role of Minister for Tourism and Major Events as well as Assistant Minister for Skills for more than two years before becoming Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW after the 2019 State Election. In 2022 Adam served as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Homes and Infrastructure