Roger had a long and distinguished career in the Civil Service. He served as Private Secretary to Prime Minister, Harold Wilson from 1966-1970 and then worked in a range of posts in the Departments for Employment and Education from 1970 until 2000. In that period Roger gained experience of further education, vocational training and working with Colleges and employers.

He was appointed Director General of the Manpower Services Commission in 1988 and then Director General for Training, Enterprise and Education in the Employment Department, and, finally, was Director General for Further and Higher Education in the Education Department from 1992-2000.

Since leaving the Department Roger has worked for KPMG as a senior education advisor, was Deputy Chair of the Open University, and until March this year was Chair of the Corporation of Bromley College of Further and Higher Education (now London South East Colleges).

Roger says:

“It is a privilege for me to take on this role. High quality technical and vocational education is crucial for our economic future and for people to make the most of their talents. I strongly believe that the Career College concept, which focuses on employer-led education, is key to addressing the skills shortages that many industries are facing.

“I look forward to working with the Trust and with the Career Colleges, at what is a crucial time for skills education in this country. I am keen to ensure that we help more young people progress into successful careers, while helping businesses to secure their future workforce with a pipeline of talented employees.”