Ralph trained as an accountant, after he left University, working in local government in Wakefield and then Bolton. He joined the National Health Service in 1986 and worked for 20 years in various finance roles in Shrewsbury, Norwich and Derby.
Ralph left the NHS in 2007 and became self employed undertaking work for a company called Mental Health Strategies, for the NHS again and for a charity. He joined the Probation Service in 2010 worked in Nottingham and then Sheffield.
He joined Restorative Solutions as Finance Manager in January 2016 .
He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy since 1980.