A brief profile of Roger Sanderson

Roger and Heather sanderson
Roger and Heather Sanderson

I’m not getting old, just getting older! That is how Roger responds to quips from family members.  An excellent response and attitude don’t you think?

Roger isn’t that at all. He was born in 1942, educated in Melbourne and Ballarat.

Always interested in shipping, he went to sea on the “New Guinea run” on the SHANSI which was interestingly the first ship built in Glasgow after the war. Roger soon learn’t that a life at sea wasn’t for him but a career in shipping was still his goal, so, he joined Wesfarmers and became a broker.

A long and interesting career followed. Roger spent four years in London where he studied part time and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.  He also served on the Baltic Exchange in London. He and his wife Heather travelled extensively in Europe both on business and personally. He was invited to ship launches in Belgium, Japan and Northern China. He attended the launch of the ‘Aurora Australis’’ in Newcastle.

Joining the local Cricket Club is a “must do” if you live in England. Roger was always a lover of Cricket, so he played in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and afterwards, enjoyed long summer evenings at the “Cricketers Arms”, as well as several visits to the famous Lords cricket ground to watch Australia play England.

On returning to Melbourne, Roger continued his career as a Ship Chartering Broker for many major companies covering ship sale and purchase, dry docking, commercial ship valuation and consultancy.

Roger has always had a keen interest in Politics and was State Chairman of the Victorian Young Liberals in 1968. It was at a political rally in Horsham that he met his future wife Heather. This interest in politics continues to this day. Roger and Heather are also actively involved with the Anglican Church.

Roger is an MCC member, Member of The West Brighton Club and a life Member of the RACV.

Roger and Heather have two boys, one of whom is involved with Robotic Surgery in Melbourne and the other runs an Ultrasound Clinic in Queensland.

Last, but not least, Roger is a passionate Essendon supporter.