Roger grew up in Victoria, studied Geography at Monash University and worked in regional development and land use planning in outback Western Australia before moving to Tasmania in 2000 as the first employee of the Cradle Coast Authority. He was Executive Chairman of the Authority for 13 years, during which time he also served as a member of the Board of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, and the University of Tasmania’s North West Advisory Board.
Roger was first elected as Member for Braddon in 2014 and served as Government Whip and Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction in the first Hodgman Government. Roger became a Minister in 2018, and has held several Ministries including Housing, Planning, Human Services, Community Development, Local Government, Heritage, State Growth, and Skills, Training and Workforce Growth.
Roger is currently Minister for Education, Children and Youth, Environment and Climate Change, Aboriginal Affairs, and Parks.
Roger lives in Wynyard with his wife Stephanie and their three proudly Tasmanian children.