Roger Nicholson was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to the community, particularly through support for youth organizations including “Very Special Kids”.
On leaving school, (where he was School Captain) he joined the Shell Company. He worked in accounting, operations, and as Government Relations Manager representing the company with a Royal Commission, Trade Practices Commission, Prices Justification Tribunal and Foreign Investment Review Board. He later became the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Petroleum, the umbrella organization for the oil industry.
His voluntary activities have included Lord Somers Camp and Power House, the Citizen Military Forces, Melbourne Rotary Club (President 1998/99) and Melbourne Probus Club (President 2006/7). He is also a member of the Australia Club, the Naval and Military Club and Metropolitan Golf Club.
On retirement he joined Very Special Kids supporting children with life threatening conditions. He visited overseas children’s hospices and family support systems and was heavily involved in establishing Australian’s first hospice for children, by negotiating premises, obtaining and organizing finance, and in supervising the building programme. Very Special Kids now supports more than 800 families.