Roger Morton is a qualified Mechanical Engineer who now spends most of his time working overseas for Médecins Sans Frontières as a logistician. In between assignments he focusses on creating innovative solutions to the problems he has witnessed first-hand in the field.
Roger graduated from Exeter University in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and almost immediately moved to Rwanda to work in the renewable energy sector. He moved from international development to disaster relief in 2017 and has worked most recently in the Middle East.
Roger’s main roles while overseas range from project management of construction work, to day-to-day security, as well as informally finding ways to have fun and stay sane in very unfamiliar locations.
One of the problems Roger faced in the Middle East was the psychological impact associated with the threat of chemical warfare. On returning from the field, Roger got the chance to improve the situation, and created what is now known as the PeACE Vest. The PeACE Vest is a personal evacuation kit that aid workers can wear in areas where there is the potential threat of chemical contamination. The vest is designed to allow the user to continue their day to day activities, while also providing them with the necessary materials required for evacuation if the worst should happen.
When field workers return from tough assignments, Roger has often found it to be challenging to come to terms with the difficulties faced while away. Roger considers innovation, and the chance to solve those problems, a rewarding step in the recovery from difficult times away.