Born in Wiltshire, Roger was educated in England and joined the Royal Marines in January 1963. He initially served in Aden before entering Britannia Royal Naval College as an Air Cadet in 1965. He was trained to fly by the RAF at Linton on Ouse and later at RNAS Brawdy and RNAS Lossiemouth. He continued to serve in Royal Navy until July 1986.
He met his wife Norma, a Falkland Islander, in England in 1968 and they married in April 1970. They have two daughters, Rebecca (Chief Medical Officer at King Edward VII Hospital) and Emma (Training Centre Manager for the Falkland Islands Government).
Roger first came to the Falkland Islands in 1973 on HMS Endurance. In 1982 he was attached to D Squadron 22 SAS Regiment and took part in the retaking of South Georgia, the Pebble Island raid, and the battles for Goose Green, Mount Kent and Beagle Ridge.
He returned to the Falklands to serve in the military until 1986, at which time he and his family moved to Lake Sulivan Farm, Fox Bay West. He was first elected to Legislative Council in 2001 and 2009. He was then elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2013 and 2017.
Roger has lead portfolio responsibility for Public Works and Brexit/Eu. He also has secondary responsibility for Government Services, Legal and Regulatory Services.