Roger graduated from Reading University in 1967 with an Honours degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Management. Following a number of years working for a firm of Agricultural Consultants he joined a subsidiary of Dalgety Agriculture called Pig Improvement Company which was the largest pig breeding organisation in the world carrying out genetic selection to produce leaner faster growing pigs to meet the demands of the market, as well as being more profitable for the producer.
He joined as Production & Development Manager but quickly rose up through the company to become its UK General Manager. On leaving that company, Roger established his own pig farming business and continued to provide consultancy services to the pig industry, including the Meat & Livestock Commission.
Roger bought his first desktop computer in 1978, and taught himself to program and created a program to manage the records for his business. He soon found that other producers wanted to buy his software and he moved increasingly into the world of IT.
In 1982 he took his software products and joined a small software company as Commercial Director. In this role he was instrumental in the company being awarded the Royal Warrant as suppliers of Computer software to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1996, Roger set up his own IT Consultancy business, Technology 4 U, and having worked with every spreadsheet since the introduction of Visicalc in 1978, he has worked with every version of Excel through to the current Office 365 versions.
His extensive business experience, coupled with his detailed knowledge of Excel and all of its functions has allowed Roger to easily understand the problems of his clients worldwide, and to build models and develop solutions for them, including the automation of many systems through writing code with VBA. In addition to all the functions of Excel, Roger was an early adopter of Pivot Tables and has enjoyed working with the newer Power Pivot, Power Query and Power BI products to derive solutions for clients.
Over the years Roger has spoken at numerous conferences on Excel in the UK and in Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand.
He has also trained hundreds of employees at various companies to improve their knowledge and efficiency in using Excel in their day-to-day work.
In 2007, Microsoft recognised his extensive knowledge of Excel and his work in helping other users to better understand the product and they invited him to become a Most Valuable Professional (MVP). This is a one-year award and Roger has been re-awarded each year since then and has just had notification that he has been re awarded until July 2022. He is one of around 120 people worldwide to hold such an honour and one of just 4 people in the UK.