Ian Mackenzie joined The French Hospital from the Armed Forces, in October 2012. As a regular army officer, Ian led teams, both at home and on operations, in dealing with a wide range of challenges. As a Staff Officer, Ian served with French forces, and operated in the area of corporate communication, public relations and information operations. Ian was engaged in operations throughout the world, whilst serving in the UK’s military operational headquarters and completed operational tours in Bosnia and Iraq, where he led the UK’s efforts to rebuild Iraqi forces. Ian holds an engineering degree, an MBA and a Dip CIPR and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Ian was drawn to The French Hospital because of its history and its purpose; and for the exciting opportunity to be involved in the positioning of the charity to deal with future challenges. Since joining The French Hospital, Ian has become experienced in the running of affordable housing and all that is associated with it, including the management of commercial properties, governance and charity law. Ian was involved in the creation of the Huguenot Museum, which is now a separate charity, and he is now heavily engaged in all aspects of fundraising for The French Hospital. Ian speaks French and enjoys diving, skiing and cooking.
Head of Community Engagement & Deputy Clerk
Natalie has recently joined the French Hospital as Head of Community Engagement & Deputy Clerk. She has over 20 years in the charity sector, and a degree in Business Studies. Natalie lives in Rochester, and has a keen interest in History and this is what appealed about the French Hospital, as well as its strong ethos on welfare. The charity’s vision to provide independent living and a sense of community whilst tackling social isolation and loneliness is important to her, and is an integral part of her job role. Natalie loves travelling, visiting historic places of interest, outdoor swimming, reading, theatre and seeing live music.
Jon has worked in the civil engineering and construction industry for most of his life and has travelled to over thirty countries during the past 30 years. During Jon’s twenty years at Pirelli Construction he oversaw civil, electrical and hydraulic works associated with power projects around the world, including the Middle East, Spain, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia and the US.
Jon is responsible for the day-to-day running of The French Hospital, overseeing our maintenance programme, and leading our dedicated team of Deputy Stewards who provide 24 hour assistance for our residents should they need it. Originally from Rochester, Jon joined The French Hospital in 2011 when he and his wife Sue wanted to live closer to their children and grandchildren. Jon feels very fortunate to work in such a historic environment and to be able to make a different in the lives of our residents. Jon still enjoys travelling and is at his happiest with his children and grandchildren around him.
Jeanette was born in London and moved to Kent in 2004 to begin work as the Deputy Steward at The French Hospital. Jeanette’s professional background is largely health and social care, including work on the busy switchboards of her local hospital and police station. Jeanette’s family connection to The French Hospital began in the 1980s when her mother and stepfather came here to work as Deputy Steward, and later Steward. Jeanette takes pride in cooking for the regular Directors meetings and enjoys using the same recipes her own mother used when cooking at The French Hospital.
Jeannette enjoys working at The French Hospital as it has become like a second home; an unique place to work with a real sense of community and history. Jeanette describes herself as a friendly person who offers support and shares in the daily lives of our residents. Away from work, Jeanette is a busy mother and grandmother and enjoys gardening, reading and cooking for her family and friends.
Deputy Steward, Caretaker & Handyman
Lee joined The French Hospital team in August 2008 and really enjoys working with all residents, helping them with day-to-day jobs. Lee also enjoys listening to the amazing stories of our residents. Away from The French Hospital Lee is a qualified football coach and coaches his son’s football team. Lee’s interests include sports, gardening, bike riding and DIY.
Sue is originally from Rochester and joined The French Hospital in 2014 after travelling the world with her husband Jon and their children. Before joining The French Hospital, Sue and Jon settled in Cyprus for eight years, where they had a successful small property management business. Sue feels privileged to have visited so many countries over the years, but is happy to be back in Rochester, close to her children and grandchildren. Sue really enjoys working with our great team and being part of such a special place.
Originally from London moved to Kent with family in 1985 to run a small holding. Married and moved to Maidstone in 1993. I have 2 sons. I Volunteered with cancer charities and am currently working with Kent NHS trusts to improve Cancer facilities and care for patients and their supporters. I am a Qualified Clark’s shoe fitter and interior designer. Worked in secondary school for 9 years and qualified Foster parent. fostered teenage boys for 3 years, so can adapt to change in any situation!
Yearly holidays in Scotland are spent animal watching , especially dolphin spotting. Loves travelling and Recently took family to Borneo to see Orangutans, our dream holiday Have family to visit all over the world. I enjoy Working with people and really wanted to work at the French hospital, as love the history, and the buildings. It is a great honour to work with the residents and help to support them. Hobbies are sewing, arts of all kinds, gardening, I am a keen animal lover and has adopted 2 chimps in Liberia n has 2 cats and 4 garden hedgehogs!
I was born in North London and went to school in South London. I have four brothers. My mother who is from Ghana lives in South London but my father who was from Nigeria passed away over 12 years ago.
Before I was ordained, I held many jobs; a cleaner, a lab technician, as an auxiliary nurse in a hospice, a family support worker and as a lay minister. In 2002 I was awarded my BTh in Theology from London Bible College and then I was ordained deacon at Lichfield Cathedral in the Diocese of Lichfield in 2005 and priested in 2006. I did my curacy in Stoke-on-Trent and then moved to Leeds for my first post and after that worked as a Hospital Chaplain in St James’s Hospital. I moved to Kent in 2015 and have held my current post as Priest Vicar at Rochester Cathedral and Associate Priest for the Rochester Cluster since 2017. Alongside this role I see people as a Vocation Advisor and as a Spiritual Director. I am currently doing an MA in Theology , Mission and Ministry at St Augustine’s College of Theology in West Malling.
My hobbies include reading , watching sports on TV especially football, formula one racing, rugby and athletics. I do go the gym myself but not as often as I should! I also enjoy learning to play the cello and meeting up with friends.