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Fred Birkbeck

Fred Birkbeck

Fred Birkbeck

Member of Council

Born and raised in Dartford I am a proud Kentish Man, despite that, most of my early academic and professional life was spent outside the county. After going to school in South London I embarked on a career in the City of London working for Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan as a Senior Researcher in their Corporate Finance departments for 16 years. 

 

Following this, I pursed an ambition to live abroad and moved to Malaga in Andalucia, living there for 10 years. I ran several sales operations while continuing to work as a research consultant before adopting a new career as an English teacher, eventually progressing to Director of Studies. This instilled in me a passion for education and the possibilities that it can lead to.

 

After returning to the UK in 2014, I decide to go back to full-time education and completed an Access to Education Diploma before spending three years studying for a degree in Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent achieving first class honours and winning a clean sweep of academic prizes. I was also heavily involved in student engagement in both the academic department and the University as a whole as Faculty of Humanities Undergraduate Representative. I was proud to have been awarded Life and Honorary Membership of Kent Union in recognition of my contribution to student engagement.

 

During my time at Kent I was invited to participate in the focus group on the future direction of the KAS, particularly in regard to appealing to a larger membership. I recognised a passionate group with a desire to improve and I like to think that, being on the council, I can bring some of my experience in marketing, business and education to contribute to the forward trajectory of the Society.

 

I am currently working full-time as a professional archaeologist specialising in geophysical survey and am on the survey team at KAS. I worked on the Woods Court excavation in 2018 conducting most of the survey work there and also surveyed the Badlesmere Bottom field jointly with Richard Taylor and volunteers from KAS affiliated groups in February 2019. I have also contributed heavily to the planning of the Lees Court strategy and am working on a strategy for member engagement. I also have responsibility for promoting Lees Court Estate content on the KAS website.