Ross was born in Albury, New South Wales, but has spent almost all his life in Mildura and surrounds. Educated at Mildura West Primary and Mildura High School he went on to Economics, Law and Education degrees at Monash University. Short stints in teaching, social work and the law ultimately saw him enter the family business in the oil industry. Consequently, as many regional inhabitants do, he has involved himself in a number of local community enhancement activities. These include issues around the delivery of human services, water politics, arts organisations and regional development initiatives.

Ross joined the Institute’s Board in early 2020.