Chair of the Policy Network think tank; former Economic Adviser to the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso
Roger is Labour’s front bench spokesperson on Europe in the House of Lords. He chairs Policy Network, the international progressive think tank, and is a Director of the University of Cumbria.
From 2009-2010, Roger chaired the government’s New Industry, New Jobs advisory panel in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. From 2007 to 2010 he also chaired Cumbria Vision, the sub-regional economic development partnership in his home County. He was for seven years from 1997 special adviser on European affairs to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. From 2004-2007 he served in the European Commission, first in the Cabinet of the EU Trade Commissioner and then as economic adviser to the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Roger has written extensively on European and British affairs, including The Blair Revolution (with Peter Mandelson, 1996), Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond, 2006) and Beyond New Labour (with Patrick Diamond, 2009), as well as several other Fabian Society and Policy Network pamphlets. He also co-authored two papers for the President of the Commission’s thinktank, the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, on “Europe’s Social Reality” (February 2007) and the “Single Market: Yesterday and Tomorrow” (July 2006), and since then has contributed to various edited collections on the Single Market, the social challenges facing Europe, the case for a social investment strategy and Britain’s European policy.