"I am very pleased to appoint Mrs Adams to this critical role for New Zealand education as an influential leader of effective school governance," Lorraine Kerr, president of NZSTA, said.

Adams is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and joins NZSTA from the New Zealand Veterinary Association where she was the acting chief executive officer for a period.

She also has wide experience as a School Trustee, with her most recent role as chair of Hutt Intermediate School for eight years.

Adams previously held education sector roles in professional learning with Victoria University and the Ministry of Education, as well as operational management with Huia Publishers contributing to educational resource development.

The NZSTA board and staff welcomed Adams with a pōwhiri at Te Wharewaka o Poneke on the Wellington waterfront on Wednesday.

She was accompanied by members of her whanau from Taumarunui, and supporting friends and colleagues, and welcomed by speakers from Te Atiawa and NZSTA.