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 several 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 and more diverse membership. I recognised a passionate group with a desire to improve and have spent three years working with the Trustees and Management Team on the future strategy. Having spent the three years as Brand and Communication Manager, a position now filled by Nicky Hammond, I took on responsibility for the fundraising and events while coordinating the outreach activities along with Richard Taylor. I have experience in marketing, business and education.
I am co-owner and Director of Darnley Archaeological Services Ltd which provides various archaeological support services.
Recorded Mon, 29 Mar 2021 Giles Dawkes, Senior Archaeologist at Archaeology South East talks to KAS Trustee Fred Birkbeck about the excavations that he led at Snodland Roman villa and his experiences leading projects in Kent. Watch
Roman villa, Snodland
Recorded Mon, 29 Mar 2021
Giles Dawkes, Senior Archaeologist at Archaeology South East talks to KAS Trustee Fred Birkbeck about the excavations that he led at Snodland Roman villa and his experiences leading projects in Kent. Watch
Lees Court Project: Bexley YAC with Fred Birkbeck
Tue, 10 Sep 2019
On Saturday 7th September Bexley Young Archaeologist's Club took part in the KAS excavations at Lees Court Estate. Read