Meet the team
Advisory Board member
Ralph Lubkowski joined the Prison Service in 2004 as a Prison Officer via a graduate fast-track scheme. He graduated from the scheme in 2008. Since then he has worked in a range of senior management roles across prisons in the Midlands, including a two year secondment working in Ministry of Justice as Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for Prisons and Probation.
In June 2020 Ralph became Governor of HMP Hewell, a large and complex prison with a reception and resettlement function. His focus is on creating a long-term vision embedding real cultural change. This will be based on a humanitarian approach, developing and valuing staff and providing opportunities for growth for the whole community. Key to this is the creation of a truly rehabilitative culture, where prisoners have genuine hope for a better future built on trust in the environment in which they live and in those who care for them. It is a highly challenging and rewarding leadership role, and a position Ralph is very proud to hold. Ralph is also trustee for the charity Children Heard of Seen, who do wonderful work supporting the children of those in custody, and a member of the steering group for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance due to his passionate belief in the power of arts in custody to change lives.
Outside of work Ralph is a father of two, and enjoys the company of friends and family, all sports, in particular Saints RUFC and Doncaster Rovers FC. He also has a side-line in buying and selling antiques, which he dreams of making a business of in retirement!
Header image courtesy of Prisoners’ Education Trust (c) Rebecca Radmore