Ross has lengthy experience in the Queensland community services sector. Early on, in Lifeline he led volunteer training in Toowoomba then served as a Director in Cairns. His career then turned towards community housing/community development, in establishing community-managed housing projects throughout Queensland and a state-wide community-housing infrastructure.
Later, with a Master’s in Social Welfare Administration & Planning and a Degree in Adult/Vocational Teaching, he has practiced and taught in community development, with a focus on the long term viability/sustainability of small locality-based not-for-profits.
Presently he chairs the Board of Mangrove Housing Ltd and supports a voluntary outreach service to frail-aged men residing in aged care homes. He has served on the Board of Volunteering Queensland for 7 years and is now in a second stint as Board President of VQ.