Ron Hooton joined Vision Australia as Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. He was recruited to lead the organisation in transforming from a charity to a “for purpose business”. Since then, Ron has led Vision Australia through a remarkable period of change, achieving significant outcomes for the blind and low vision communities of Australia.
Prior to joining Vision Australia, Ron spent seven years as Chief Executive of ProCare Health Limited, New Zealand’s largest primary health organisation, and before that was the New Zealand Defence Force’s first Chief Information Officer. Concurrent with these roles, Ron was a volunteer Director and Chair (2009-2012) of Childfund New Zealand, an international NGO.
Following the start of his career as a specialist in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, Ron has gained experience in a range of diverse industries including banking, financial services, telecommunications, defence, health, and most recently, disability. Ron maintains his expertise and strong links to the ICT sector.
Ron holds a Masters in Business Administration (with Distinction) from Massey University (NZ) and qualifications as an Executive Coach.