Ralph was born in Calcutta and came to London when he was 10 years old. He was educated at Owen's School, the London School of Economics and the London Institute of Education. He is married with one daughter and one son and has lived in Stafford since 1972. He has represented the people of Penkside Ward since 1979. Ralph was the Mayor of Stafford Borough in 2002-2003.
Ralph spent a career in secondary education and is a retired secondary school headteacher.
During his period as a councillor Ralph has served on a range of committees and, at present, he is the Chairman of the Resources Scrutiny Committee. He represents the Borough on Stafford and District Arts Council and the Sow and Penk Internal Drainage Board.
Voluntary work outside the Council includes the Rowley Trust, Chair of the Friends of St Mary's and membership of Stafford Rotary Club.
His interests include the Arts, politics and economics and gardening (when pushed).