Ron was appointed as a Non-executive Director of the Foundation Trust Board in December 2012 for a term of three years. He is currently Chairman of the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, the successor to the Public Health Genetics Unit, and has a wide knowledge of local health issues having been associated in some way with the local health economy for over 35 years.

Ron graduated in 1971 following medical training at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Middlesex Hospital, London. He specialised initially in neurology and was appointed Lecturer at the Clinical School in Cambridge in 1976. He went on to obtain a law degree at Cambridge in 1983, after which he started training in public health medicine.

He was director of Public Health for Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Authority from 1991 to 1998, and Director of the Institute for Public Health of the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2008. Prior to that he held a number of medical management positions at Addenbrooke's Hospital and as Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the Health Authority. He was for many years an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and has also been an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital.