Roger was a founding Committee Member of the Coal Preparation Society (of NSW) and was the second Chairman. He was passionate about Coal Preparation Education, and was a Life Member up until his death.
Roger’s contributions are summarised below:
- 5 years on the Committee – from 1966-67 until 1972-73
- 2 years as Chairman – 1969-70 to and 1970-71
- Recognising the paucity of mineral dressing knowledge in the coal industry in the sixties he cooperated with Dr Russ Burdon to organise a lecture series on the subject at the Wollongong College of UNSW, the popularity of which contributed to Dr Burdon initiating the formation of the NSW Coal Preparation Society.
- Lectured at coal preparation courses
- Four stints as Director of NSW residential Advanced Coal Preparation Courses.
- Associated with the planning and conduct of several of the early Coal Preparation Society conferences.
Roger spent all his working life with AI&S Port Kembla Steelworks (BHP) working extensively in the coal preparation and coke ovens departments.