Who's Who at the Cathedral
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.
Archdeacon of Rochester
The Venerable Simon Burton-Jones
Simon was born and brought up in Lancashire where much of his family still lives. He holds a degree in law from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and two theology degrees from Nottingham University.
He spent several years prior to ordination working for the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge where he met Julia. They were married in 1989 and have two children in Tim and Helena.
Simon was first ordained in 1993 and has been Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Bromley and Rector of St. Nicholas Church, Chislehurst. In January 2010 he became the Archdeacon of Rochester and Residentiary Canon of Rochester Cathedral.
He was trustee of both the Jubilee Centre and the Relationships Foundation for ten years.
His only real achievement in life was to get a quote in an all-time book of cricket quotations. He reads widely and loves sport from his slumped position on a sofa, supporting Blackpool FC and Lancashire CCC. He still grieves the ending of TV’s The West Wing and spends an entirely unjustifiable amount of time watching The Simpsons.
Simon is a member of the Bishop's Senior Staff, with a variety of responsibilities across the diocese.
The Rev'd Matthew Rushton
Matthew grew up in Rutland and read music at Oxford University. His ambition was to be a conductor, but although as a student he had the hair to be the next Simon Rattle, he didn’t have the talent, so decided that the law would be a more sensible option! He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 at an international law firm and worked at firms in the City and in Oxford, specialising in charities and property law.
He 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 moved to Canterbury in March 2012 to be Archbishop’s Chaplain in Canterbury and Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover. He had the privilege of working for both Rowan Williams and Justin Welby and was one of the chaplains at the service of inauguration of Archbishop Justin’s ministry as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. In 2013 he was appointed as Precentor and Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral.
Matthew is married to Elizabeth, a teacher and researcher, and they have two sons, Nathaniel (12) and Lucas (9). He enjoys music, running, walking Ginny the springer spaniel, and exploring Northumberland.
Canon For Mission and Growth
The Reverend Canon 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.
Lay Member of Cathedral Chapter
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, has been churchwarden and is Head Server. Married to Sue, who works in the Cathedral Education Department, his interests, when time in his current appointment at the LSE allows, include travel, reading and fine wine, preferably Carmenere. Sue and Andrew have a daughter, Laura, who lives locally with her partner.
Lay Member of Cathedral Chapter
Barbara grew up in Bickley, Kent. After gaining a degree in English Literature from London University she embarked on 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 partner in a firm of Patent Attorneys. They have two daughters, both now at university. Barbara regularly attends church in Hildenborough. In past years she has led a Bible Study group for young mothers, a group for older ladies and started up a Babies Club. In the community she has worked in the Oxfam shop, participated in a Befriending scheme and organised the publicity for a local wind band. Her hobbies include art, music and current affairs.
Lay Member of Cathedral Chapter
Paul Hudson was appointed a lay member of the Chapter in October 2010. He is a Commissioner in the national Infrastructure Planning Commission and was appointed chairman of the South East Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund in April 2010. Until 2009 he was a civil servant in the Department for Communities and Local Government where he was Director of Delivery in the Thames Gateway Executive, having been appointed the Government's Chief Planner in 2006.
Prior to that he was Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure at the South East England Development Agency, Chief Executive of Locate in Kent, City Technical Director of Rochester upon Medway City Council, Divisional Director at the Travers Morgan Consulting Group and held a variety of planning and economic development posts at Kent County Council.
He lives in Maidstone with his wife Jan who is Treasurer of the PCC of St Paul's Maidstone. Their two children are now grown up and both married and they have a recent granddaughter.
Chapter Clerk – Executive Director
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.
Director of Music & Organist
Scott is responsible for all 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.
Assistant Director of Music & Sub-Organist
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.
The Michael James Assistant Sub-Organist
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
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.
The three Choral Scholars are students or recent graduates, who sing for the majority of the Cathedral's Choral Services.
Responsible for day-to-day management of the Cathedral and Precinct. Leads and manages the team of vergers and cleaners. Supervision of maintenance and building projects. Responsible for security of Cathedral and Precinct. Liturgical duties include preparation of the cathedral for services and events; care of vestments, cathedral plate and valuables. Keeping of statutory registers. Member of the Guild of Vergers.
Helen, assisted by a group of volunteers, heads the Cathedral’s Education team to deliver the education service to over 17,000 visiting students each year. She is responsible for creating resources, support material and education programmes for the Cathedral.
The Volunteer Manager leads 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.
Lisa oversees the booking process for all services and events apart from school visits.
Education Centre lunchrooms cover This is casual work covering the Education Centre lunchrooms when schools have booked them. You will be given as much notice as possible of a...