Hawkhurst Team



Richard Williams - BVetMed, MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon & Director
With deep familial ties in the Rye area, Richard originally came to the Practice even before his qualification which was in 1983.
Richard worked in several practices including a period in specialist equine work all over the world before returning to his roots and joining the Practice in 1989.
Richard quickly became a director, and has continued to devote all his efforts to the development of the Practice.
Richard has been at the heart of the development of the Practice for many years.  In 2001 he led the way on the development of Kingsnorth Surgery and since then was integral to the joining of forces with Milbourn Equine and the development of our clinic in Sevington.  Richard continues to enjoy most of all contact with his clients and patients alike; and although surgery will always be his “forte” he also equally enjoys equine work.
Richard lives locally with his wife and four children.  In his spare time he enjoys swimming and sailing along with lifelong interests in architecture and photography.


Tina Boyden - BVM&S BSc MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Having graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2009, Tina spent her early career working as a small animal vet in Scotland. However, her English roots and the sunshine did persuade her to make a move back down South a couple of years ago and she is now enjoying the country life. Tina joined Cinque Ports Vets in 2016. Keeping her and her fiancé Michael company at home are Binky and Roxy, the Jack Russell's and three chickens. Tina can mostly be found out and about riding her thoroughbred Assi, walking with the dogs, or battling with the weeds in the garden. Although Roxy is now retired, Binky is stepping up to take her place on the annual long distance walk and will hopefully notch up as many trails as Roxy did.



Sarah Startup - Group Practice Manager
Sarah has worked in veterinary practice since 1989 as a Receptionist.  Sarah joined our Kingsnorth branch when it was opened in Summer 2001, becoming Branch Manager in 2007 and Group Practice Manager of Cinque Ports Vets & Milbourn Equine in 2016.  She is assisted in her office by Izzy her rescue terrier.




Lesley Hallett - Branch Manager
Lesley started with Cinque Ports at our Rye branch in 2004, also helping out at Lydd. She moved to our Hawkhurst branch in 2005 as Receptionist and became Branch Manager in 2009. Her interests include portrait painting, yoga and walking.




Natalie Pullen - RVN - Head Veterinary Nurse
Natalie began nursing in 1995 in Kent and qualified in 1999 in a London practice. There she adopted a small terrier, Crispin and spent her spare time walking in the parks and housesitting.  Starting a family brought her back to Kent, where she lives with her husband, two children, cats and guinea pigs. Natalie joined our Hawkhurst team in January 2016 and enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing. 




Fiona Andrews –RVN - Veterinary Nurse, Pet Health Counsellor.
Fiona began nursing in 2002, qualifying as a VN in 2004. She has been at Hawkhurst since 2006 and runs the Youth Club for our junior patients. Fiona gained her Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor qualification in 2009 enabling her to advise on a wide range of beneficial healthcare issues. She has two rescue cats and in her spare time enjoys horse riding, using her local gym and going to the cinema.






Megan Giles- ANA - Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Megan joined our Hawkhurst team in 2011 as a Kennel Assistant.   Megan has now passed her Animal Nursing Assistant exams and is training to be a Veterinary Nurse.
When not at work Megan likes to spend time with her horses Tilly and Oakley who she regularly competes.  She also enjoys running with her German Shepherd Louis.




Catherine Oakley- Nursing/Reception Assistant
Catherine joined us here at Hawkhurst in September 2015 as a Reception/Nursing Assistant. She previously worked for a number of years at a local rehoming centre as an animal welfare assistant and dog behaviourist. Catherine has owned dogs from Wolfhounds to Chihuahuas and currently owns a Chinese Crested, Chihuahua and Precious, her 14 year old Pug. Catherine also keeps reptiles, a rabbit, guinea pig and a skinny pig, all of whom keep her very busy!






Gill Hockney –Receptionist
Gill joined our Hawkhurst branch in 2009.  She and her daughter enjoy looking after their rescue dog Fred, a Bearded Collie/Terrier, her main interest is making soft furnishings and she also enjoys gardening.






Heather Gibbs - Receptionist
Heather joined our Hawkhurst branch in February 2015.  She is kept busy with her three sons and  grandson.  Any spare time she has Heather likes to spend  walking her four terriers and looking after the family’s variety of horses.





Jenny Dixon - Receptionist

Jenny joined our Hawkhurst Branch in July 2016 as a receptionist.  When not working she enjoys playing with her 3 Persian cats and loves competing at show jumping events with her horse Diamond, having recently moved up to Newcomers level in British Showjumping.





Rachael Stooks RVN - Personal Assistant 
Rachael  began nursing in 1998 gaining her Veterinary Nursing qualification in 2002. She joined Cinque Ports Vets in 2003 as a veterinary nurse, becoming Personal Assistant to our Directors and Group Practice Manager in 2014. Rachael is also responsible for maintaining our website and social media pages.



Trevor Jones - Maintenance Manager
Trevor began working for Cinque Ports Veterinary Group in 2011.  He works between all our branches maintaining the buildings and grounds. When not working he enjoys the occasional round of golf.



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