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DEAN

The Very Rev'd Dr Philip Hesketh
Philip spent his childhood on the "gem of God's earth", otherwise known as the Isle of Man, and came to the big city in 1983 to study Divinity at King's College, London. Before ordination he worked with the homeless in South London and served his curacy in the Diocese of Canterbury. 

Philip served as Canon Pastor in the Cathedral for ten years, whilst also covering various other roles with a special brief for Heritage interpretation work. He has four children and is married to Sugina. Philip is a Governor of The King's School, Rochester and a Trustee of Sir Joseph Williamsons' Mathematical School.


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CANON PRECENTOR

The Rev'd Matthew Rushton
Matthew grew up in Rutland and read music at Oxford University.  Before ordination he was a solicitor.   

Matthew trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon and served his curacy in a group of rural parishes in Lincolnshire – he was also a priest-vicar at Lincoln Cathedral. He served as Archbishop’s Chaplain in Canterbury (for both Rowan Williams and Justin Welby) and Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover, and then as Precentor and Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral.  He joined the Chapter of Rochester Cathedral as Canon Precentor in March 2017.

Matthew is married to Elizabeth and they have two sons.  He enjoys music, running, walking Ginny the springer spaniel, and exploring Northumberland. 


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CANON FOR MISSION AND GROWTH

The Rev'd Rachel Phillips
Rachel joined the team at Rochester Cathedral in January 2017.  As Canon for Mission and Growth, she oversees the Cathedral's work in areas other than worship, including: learning, visitor engagement, and outreach to the community and wider diocese.


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LAY MEMBER OF CATHEDRAL CHAPTER

Andrew Gray
Andrew grew up in Lincolnshire where his father was a Parish Priest. After leaving Grammar School he joined the Civil Service, spending the majority of his career at the Ministry of Defence, where he held a number of appointments. Awarded the OBE for work with the Armed Forces, Andrew is a Fellow of the CIPD, and has attended St Augustine’s, Gillingham for over 30 years. He has served on the PCC, been churchwarden, and is HR Consultant to the Diocese. Married to Sue, his interests include travel, reading and fine wine, preferably Carmenere and looking after granddaughter Jessica. 


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LAY MEMBER OF CATHEDRAL CHAPTER

Barbara Lloyd
Barbara grew up in Bickley, Kent. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Royal Holloway College, University of London, she pursued a career in the Arts, first at the Barbican Centre, then with a Music Agency and finally as Publications Manager for the London Symphony Orchestra. Barbara is married to Patrick, a patent attorney, and they have two adult daughters.  Barbara is also involved in her parish church in Hildenborough. In the past she has been a Church Warden, led a Bible Study Group for young mothers, started a Babies Club and co-led a group for older members of the church family. Barbara has a Certificate in psychodynamic Counselling and has volunteered as a Befriender in the community as well as working in the local Oxfam shop. Her interests include art, music and current affairs.


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LAY MEMBER OF CATHEDRAL CHAPTER

Paul Hudson
Paul was appointed a lay member of the Chapter in October 2010. He has worked in planning and economic development his entire career, first for Kent County Council for 20 years, followed by the former Rochester upon Medway City Council, the South East England Development Agency, and central government where he was the Chief Planner and Director of Thames Gateway. He continues to work part time for the government handling proposals for national infrastructure. He chaired the south-east England committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund for six years. He lives in Maidstone with his wife Jan. Their two children are both married and have provided six grandchildren between them.


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CHAPTER CLERK – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Simon Lace
Simon originally hails from Lancashire but has lived in the south-east for over 30 years, the last fifteen of them in Bearsted with his wife Sally and children Jack and Hannah. 

Simon joined the Cathedral in January 2017. Prior to this his career has been spent working in heritage and tourism, mainly in the local authority sector. He has held managerial positions in museum and heritage services in Stockport, Bolton, east and west London and Maidstone. His last position was Heritage Services Manager at Medway Council, responsible for the Guildhall Museum, the Medway Archives service and Upnor and Rochester Castles.

He’s a keen armchair sportsman but still manages to get on the ski slopes every year.


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DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND ORGANIST

Scott Farrell
Scott has overall responsibility for music in Rochester Cathedral, but more specifically for the training and direction of the Boy Choristers. Scott chooses and rehearses all the music for services and looks after the day to day running of the Choir. Scott came to Rochester in 2008, following six years as Director of Music at Newcastle Cathedral and previous appointments at Ely and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals.


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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND SUB-ORGANIST

Claire Innes-Hopkins
Claire is responsible for the training and direction of the Girl Choristers as well as assisting with training the Probationers and playing the organ for services. Claire was a Chorister at St Albans Abbey and then went to Selwyn College Cambridge as Organ Scholar. Claire has held appointments at Winchester College, Magdalen College, Oxford, Peterborough Cathedral and most recently as Assistant Organist at Lincoln Cathedral before joining the staff at the Cathedral.


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THE MICHAEL JAMES ASSISTANT SUB-ORGANIST

James Norrey
James joined the Liturgy and Music Department in January 2016. His main responsibility is playing the organ for cathedral services, but also assisting in the training and direction of the Cathedral Choir. James has held positions at the Cathedrals of Canterbury, Chelmsford, Llandaff and most recently Newcastle where he held the post of Assistant Director of Music.


 

DIRECTOR OF THE CATHEDRAL VOLUNTARY CHOIR

Douglas Henn-Macrae
The Voluntary Choir was formed in August 2008; many of its members were previously in the Cathedral Special Choir, which sang its last services in July 2008. It is directed by Douglas Henn-Macrae, who is also a Deputy Lay Clerk, having been, until 2008, the Senior Lay Clerk.


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HEAD VERGER

Colin Tolhurst
Colin is responsible for the day-to-day management and security of the Cathedral and Precinct, leading the team of vergers and cleaners. He supervises the general maintenance of the Cathedral and other building projects. Colin's liturgical duties include preparation of the Cathedral for services and events; care of vestments, cathedral plate and valuables and the upkeep of statutory registers. Colin is a Member of the Guild of Vergers.


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Visitor Experience and Enterprise Manager

Rebecca Peachey

Rebecca joined us in February 2018. She has a Masters degree in Ancient History from University College London where she specialised in the history and legacy of the Ancient Near East.   She has spent the past decade working in a number of heritage attractions in Central London including Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum. Prior to joining us Rebecca spent five years working for Historic Royal Palaces looking after the Visitor Services team at Banqueting House on Whitehall. 


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EDUCATION OFFICER

Helen Bradshaw 
Helen, assisted by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, heads up the Cathedral’s Learning Team. Around 13,000 students visit annually to take part in our exciting and varied learning programme. The team also facilitates a growing number of family and adult learning events.


VOLUNTEER MANAGERS

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Lisa Johnson and Sandy Struben
The Volunteer Managers lead the Volunteer Team who welcome Visitors, offer Guided Tours and support Cathedral Staff in the day to day running of the Cathedral. If you have spare time you are always welcome to contact us with a view to volunteering in this Historic Place.


Cathedral Council

Lady Anne-Marie Nelson Chair of Cathedral Council

The Very Revd. Dr Philip Hesketh Dean of Rochester

The Venerable Simon-Burton Jones Archdeacon of Rochester

The Revd Canon Chris Dench

Mrs Sally Howells

Mr Peter Marchand Chair, Churches Together In Medway

Councillor Richard Parry

Dr Sue Plummer Medway Campus Director, Canterbury Christ Church University

Mr Russell Race DL

Councillor David Royle

The Revd Canon Chris Stone

Mr Colin Thompson

Councillor Colin Tandy

 

 

College of Canons

The Very Revd. Dr Philip Hesketh Dean of Rochester

The Bishop of Tonbridge to be appointed

The Venerable Simon-Burton Jones Archdeacon of Rochester

The Venerable Julie Conalty Archdeacon of Tonbridge

The Venerable Dr Paul Wright Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley

The Revd Canon Bimbi Abayomi-Cole

Mrs Judith Armitt Lay Canon

The Revd Canon Mark Barker

The Revd Canon Katrina Barnes

The Revd Canon Mark Brown

The Revd Canon Susanne Carlsson

The Revd Canon Chris Dench

Mr Andrew Gray Lay Canon

Mr Paul Hudson Lay Canon

The Revd Canon David Kitley

The Revd Canon Bryan Knapp

The Revd Canon Rachael Knapp

The Revd Canon Antony Lane

Mrs Barbara Lloyd Lay Canon

The Revd Canon Angus MacLeay

Mr Stephen Males Lay Canon

The Revd Canon Tim Mercer

The Revd Canon Alan Mustoe

The Very Revd Hosam Naoum Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem.

The Revd Canon Rachel Phillips

The Revd Canon Nick Read

The Revd Canon Matthew Rushton

The Revd Canon Brian Senior

The Revd Canon James Southward

The Revd Canon Jim Stewart

The Revd Canon Chris Stone

Ms Claire Tillotson Lay Canon