Roger has been involved in social enterprise and social innovation since the late 1990’s specialising in solving social issues with young people. In 2014 during a secondment to the NI Executives Department for the Economy he wrote the Social Innovation strategy for Matrix (The Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel). He is also the founder of the Book Reserve a social enterprise that employs young ex-offenders who are also parents, trying to break the inter-generational link in offending. Through his work in social innovation around young people he has been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship (2013) completing research in Brazil and the USA exploring ways of using social innovation to tackle youth unemployment, awarded a Clore Social Leader Fellowship (2016) and the Book Reserve was listed in the 2016 Nesta/Observer New Radicals list. Outside of the Young Foundation Roger is currently working with Matrix to research Shared Value and developing a “Six Imperatives” Framework to create more socially conscious private sector businesses.
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