Adam, who began his role earlier this month, returns to the area after studying Newcastle University’s School of Agriculture before joining the NFU as a graduate trainee in 2007.
Since then he has worked for the NFU locally, nationally and internationally for the last nine years, most recently heading up the British Agriculture Bureau – the NFU’s permanent office in Brussels.
He said: “The North East region is a hugely diverse farming area where small family farms still predominate.
“The significant challenges facing UK agriculture are well documented, with unrelenting price volatility, unpredictable weather patterns and increasingly arduous regulation.
“Helping local farmers rise to these challenges is our top priority. I am also looking forward to encouraging and celebrating the innovation and creativity to be found on so many farms across the patch.
“There is a lot to be done, but we must not lose sight of the opportunities there are for North East farmers and growers providing top quality food, and a world-renowned farmed environment for a public increasingly interested in the contribution our industry can make.”