has BSc(hons) degree, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a Member of the Securities Institute. He has served on a number of regulatory panels including the SFA appeals tribunal. Ralph was a manager at Price Waterhouse until he left to join a client, CAL Futures Limited, first as Finance Director and then, from 1987, as Managing Director. The company was a futures and options broker and a hedge fund manager. In 1995 the business was sold to Union plc where Ralph initially became an executive director. In 1997 he was promoted to Chief Executive. In 1998 Union plc bought WorldInvest, which had £1.6 billion of equity funds under management. In 2001 Union plc was acquired by a private group.
Ralph founded Slater Investments with Mark Slater in 1994. He initially served as a non-executive director and now acts as Chief Operating Officer.