Roger Head was born in Gloucester in 1951 and was educated at the Central Technology School and Gloucester Technical College. After leaving school he served an apprenticeship at the Jaguar agents in Gloucester.
Roger has had a successful business career spanning over 40 years, primarily in commercial property and telecommunications.
He has been a keen sportsman, playing local rugby, county squash, as well as attaining a black belt in judo.
Roger has taken great pride in restoring Highnam Court, his residence, and gardens to their former glory. He has created an attraction which draws thousands of visitors each year and raises funds for his nominated charities.
He serves on The Gloucester Regeneration Advisory Board and is a board member of the Three Counties Agricultural Society. He led The Pied Piper Appeal for 10 years and is still Chairman of Trustees. He is also Chairman of the Gloucestershire Community Foundation. He was appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2007.
In 2011 Roger was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in recognition of his long-standing contributions to the County of Gloucestershire, and for his extensive charitable works.
Roger is married to Jenny, his wife of 42 years, and they have a daughter Jasmin.
“In my year as High Sheriff I wish to encourage philanthropy in the County. A County of diverse economics, historic towns, wonderful buildings and beautiful and varied countryside.
With these many assets it’s sometimes easy to forget that we have many areas of deprivation. In my year of office I will seek to support these areas by encouraging self-help, and assisting groups and charities within these communities in particular encouraging philanthropy to help strengthen the lasting legacy within the Gloucestershire Community Foundation and High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Fund.
I will endeavour to strengthen e Gloucestershire Community Foundation so it is able to give greater assistance to the charities and organisations that really are a life line to many people within the County. “