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Kenneth Powell bids farewell to the 20th Century Society

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Kenneth Powell is to step down as director of the 20th Century Society after nearly five years in the post.

Powell told the AJ that due to the pressure of writing commitments he had decided that he could no longer satisfactorily fulfil his role at the society.

'Over the past six months, I have become increasingly busy and eventually something had to give. I've pretty much been acting in an honorary capacity, ' he said. 'It wasn't really fair to the society, simple as that.' He added that the society will seek a replacement but the recruitment process will be low key. The society will seek someone to fill the post for two-and-a-half days a week.

'They won't be looking for a full-time director.

The organisation doesn't have the money; the budget just won't take any more. They will be looking to interview a few people in the next couple of months, ' said Powell.

Secretary of the Georgian Group Robert Bargery told the AJ: 'The listing of post-war buildings is now a hot topic and Ken Powell's work at the 20th Century Society has been largely responsible for pushing this issue up the government's agenda. He's done a fantastic job.'

Bargery added that Powell's successor would face a difficult task: 'With the increase in highdensity affordable housing, buildings from the 1960s and '70s will be increasingly under threat.

The task will become more challenging.'

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