In More Detail…
In the last ten years of his journalistic career, Roger was founder editor, then managing editor of what became the world's largest circulation steel newsletter, Steel Business Briefing (SBB). By 2011, when it was acquired by Platts/McGraw-Hill – the company had offices in all continents and appeared digitally in half a dozen languages daily. At that time, it was publishing up to 70 articles on day on commercial aspects of the iron ore and steel industries.
Roger’s journalism started in 1980. Then followed twenty years as a commodities editor and consultant, focussing on the commercial side of products such as copper, diamonds, fertilizers, and cobalt. Some of the products were revamps, others were start-ups.
Prior to this, Roger had studied for degrees in economics at Manchester and urban planning in Edinburgh. In the 1970s he was secretary-general of a United-Nations-related global student group working on green, social development and human rights issues. Prior to that he had travelled around Malawi in the late 1960s helping undertake the country's first national agricultural survey.
Now… he is active in charity work, a trustee of the Brunel Museum on the Thames in Rotherhithe and a family charity. And in his spare time, he organises walks around London, often starting from an out of London terminus: these have been named the End-Of-Line, or Edge of London or EoL walks.
Highlights of Roger's CV include:
- Agricultural statistician (VSO): Zomba, Malawi
- Social planner: Peterborough New Town Corporation
- Secretary-general: ISMUN (International Student Movement for the United Nations): Geneva
- Author: The Squandered Dividend (Earthscan, UK) / Failed Transitions (The New Press, New York)
- Advisor: Center for Privatisation, Warsaw, Poland
- Consultant and editor: CRU International, London
- Founder editor/Managing editor: Steel Business Briefing, London & Shanghai
- Chair: South-east London Global Justice Now (previously World Development Movement)
- Co-ordinator/Consultant: Green Steel Strategies conferences, Washington, Brussels, Berlin
- Charity trustee, worker: London, Gdansk