So­ci­ety ap­points new gen­eral sec­re­tary

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The Kent Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety has ap­pointed a new honorary gen­eral sec­re­tary.

Dr Robert Cock­croft suc­ceeds Peter Stutch­bury in the role.

Known as Bob, the 62-year-old was born in Brad­ford but moved to Kent 30 years ago.

He said: “I think Kent is one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing coun­ties in Bri­tain. It has a truly ex­ten­sive history and has been a back­wa­ter, a front line, a cul­tural bridge and an in­dus­trial pi­o­neer. There’s nowhere else like it in Bri­tain.

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in history and ar­chae­ol­ogy. I’m a keen rail­way en­thu­si­ast and am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in rail­way build­ings – a ne­glected area of the sub­ject. I have pho­to­graphs of many thou­sands of them and ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings of sev­eral hun­dred.”

The fa­ther-of-two and his French wife, Muriel, live in Ash­ford.

He runs a mar­ket re­search com­pany and spe­cialises in the anal­y­sis and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of quan­ti­ta­tive sur­veys and prod­uct tests as di­ag­nos­tic tools.

He has worked in mar­ket re­search since he was 24, ini­tially with Unilever in Port Sun­light and sub­se­quently with their sub­sidiary in Ash­ford, Pro­pri­etary Per­fumes (now part of Quest In­ter­na­tional) and a com­pany in the Nether­lands.

He then re­turned to the UK to set up his own con­sul­tancy.

The Kent Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety has 1,200 mem­bers and was founded in 1857.

New honorary gen­eral sec­re­tary Bob Cock­croft

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