Roger grew up in suburban Melbourne, travelled in Africa, studied Science at Monash University and worked in outback Western Australia before coming to North West Tasmania in 2000 as the first CEO of the newly-formed Cradle Coast Authority.
He resigned from that position in December 2013 to stand for the seat of Braddon in the 2014 state election. As someone who arrived too late to ever qualify as a ‘local’, Roger counts being elected by real Tasmanians to serve in their parliament as an enormous honour, and his proudest achievement.
Roger’s years with the Authority gave him insights into industries, communities and issues in all parts of the region that is now his electorate. His role as an advocate for the region, and spokesman on regional matters for nine elected councils, introduced him to many levels of Tasmanian politics.
But Roger did not enter politics for the politics – he was driven by the challenges of his adopted home. Tasmania’s natural resources, climate and lifestyle are extraordinary by any measure, but its economic performance and the well-being of its people lag behind other, less-gifted regions.
Roger believes Tasmania should be a place where every Tasmanian can achieve their own vision and potential – a Tasmania full of people doing great things without limiting opportunities for other Tasmanians, or future generations, to do the same.
Roger is motivated to realise the potential of Tasmania for all Tasmanians. Roger delivered his Maiden Speech to Parliament on the 7th of May 2014 and shared this desire to better connect Braddon’s people to the potential of their place.
He also believes the most important role of government is to provide the settings in which this can happen, and to foster the confidence and ingenuity of Tasmanians.
Roger served as Government Whip for the first two years of the Hodgman Government, before taking on the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction. He is a member of the Joint House Subordinate Legislation Committee and the House of Assembly Standing Committee on Community Development. The scope of this latter committee has seen Roger participate in inquiries relating to Aboriginal affairs, police and emergency management, and human services. He is also Chair of the Parliamentary Liberal Party’s Policy Development Committee.
Roger, his wife Stephanie and their three proudly Tasmanian-born children live at Wynyard, on the north-west coast.
Outside of parliament, Roger’s priority has been to learn as much as he can about his electorate and its people, so he can represent them faithfully. He has never declined a request to meet a constituent and listen to their views and he has sponsored several petitions on behalf of residents, some of whom are unhappy with government decisions. While Roger came to parliament with his own strong ideas about the future of his region and Tasmania, he believes his first duty as an elected representative is to ensure that the people in his electorate have a voice in their parliament. His greatest satisfaction as a member of that parliament has come from doing that job well.
See more about his work and engagement with the electorate’s important issues on the News page.