Ralph Lubkowski - Chair
No.1 Governor of HMP Hewell
Ralph joined the Prison Service in 2004 as a Prison Officer via a graduate fast-track scheme. 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 Category B/C prison with 1,700 prisoners. His focus is on creating a long-term vision embedding real cultural change. This is 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.
Ralph is also a member of the steering group for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance. 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.
Kelly Gardner - Treasurer
Detective Superintendent - Thames Valley Police
Kelly started her career as a Paediatric Nurse where she worked in a range of settings working in multi professional teams before specialising in palliative care. After a professionally and personally rewarding 11 years she made the decision to join the Thames Valley Police in 2004.
Kelly’s first role was an operational response officer on the busy Local Policing Area of Milton Keynes. Since then she has performed a variety of roles across the force. Describing her career as more omni-competent than specialist, she has gained valuable experience working in a variety of roles across each rank, these include: Operational Response, Partnership and Performance, a Local Criminal Investigation Department, Management of Sex Offenders and Violent Offenders, Local Policing and a number of Force wide change programmes. Kelly took on her current role of strategic lead for Domestic Abuse and Stalking in 2021.
Along the way, Kelly has become a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) and remains an active member of Forces Hostage and Crisis Negotiator Cadre. She is also an Executive Member of the Thames Valley Women’s Network and leads their Development Programme and is the Forces Strategic lead for Menopause, with her work seeing Thames Valley Police become the first police Force in England and Wales to be awarded the Menopause Friendly Employee Award.
Sir Tony Baldry
Lawyer and former Conservative MP
Tony is a barrister and former Member of Parliament for 32 years.
Tony was Personal Aide to Margaret Thatcher in the October 1974 general election and subsequently remained in her Private Office when she became Leader of the Opposition. He was then elected as Member of Parliament for Banbury in 1983 until deciding to step down in 2015. He was a Minister for eight years, appointed to government by Margaret Thatcher, and then served in the Conservative government throughout the whole of John Major’s premiership.
Tony was the Second Church Estates Commissioner for five years from June 2010-2015, and following on from this was Chair of the Trustees of St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in the City of London (2015-2019).
Tony was knighted for political and public services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 and was appointed a member of the Privy Council in November 2013.
Georgia was Children Heard and Seen’s first operational employee in 2014. She is currently Director of Operations at What Works for Children’s Social Care.
Service Manager - Oxfordshire County Council
Helen is a qualified social worker with over 25 years of experience working in a Local Authority. She is currently Service Manager at the Oxfordshire County Council.