Coming up to Cambridge in 1979 to read Economics at Emmanuel, Roger made an immediate impact at CUBC, rowing in Goldie in 1980. He then was selected to the Blue Boat in 1981 and 1982, and was elected President in 1982. 

However, it is for his leadership of the Club after his graduation that Roger is honoured. Adherence to the “Stephens Doctrine” of “will it make the boat go faster?” was a key element in the early 1990s in turning around a run of 16 out of 17 losses. The appointment of Robin Williams as CUBC Chief Coach was among the elements that led to a prolonged run of successes for the Club.

Roger maintained an involvement with the Club up to 2017, where as Chair from 2011 to 2017 he was responsible for the Club’s largest fundraising endeavour to that date: the purchase of the Fore Mill Wash site and the building of the Ely Boathouse. Although his tenure as Chair ended half a decade ago, his impact on the Club is still felt and will be for a long time to come.