Meet the Rocka Team

Gemma Strudwick

Owner and Educator

Gemma is a mother of two and the owner and founder of Rocka Salon, Rocka Boutique, Rocka Academy, Rocka Media, Rocka Healing and a Brillbird Nail Educator, Gemma opened Rocka Salon with Samantha Sayer on 1st November 2014.

As a thriving business women Gemma has built her company from dedication and hard work. Gemma focuses constantly on quality of service and constant training.

Gemmas started her journey with a Btech in art and design from Reigate School of Art and Design then going on in 2002 to complete her Honours Degree in Photography from Plymouth University boasting a recommendation in her dissertation. She then found her passion for nails. Gemma Started her training as a Nail Technician from West Kent College and progressed quickly to train with Denise Wright at her academy Perfect 10. Gemma qualified as an OPI technician at Nailistics in 2006 and finalised her Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 in the same year. After developing her passion she trained with the renowned Gemma Lambert, to then find Brillbird in 2013. Gemma has since has become a key figure in Brillbird distributing and educating for the South East of England, completing courses with Michelle Brooks, Hazel Dixon, FEREIDA LYDIATEZsuzsanna Lakatos, Dega Mosane, Luz King, Anita Podoba, and Julijana Ruzic also completing her Brillbird international Educators training in Budapest and obtaining ongoing training certificates.

Gemma’s Passion for Nails is constant and she will keep pushing herself to be the best.

    Nicola Summer


    I have worked as a reflexologist and reiki master for 14 years now. I love to support people with their physical and emotional wellbeing and these two therapies complement each other beautifully.

    Reflexology is a lovely non invasive soothing therapy , it dates back 5000 years! It works with the bodies’ nervous system supporting healing through relaxations. All conditions benefit from this treatment. An interesting fact to consider is that you have 7000 nerve endings in your feet.

    Reiki is another traditional eastern healing technique that works with your emotions in a gentle and loving way. These two therapies can be given together or separately depending on what you as a person would like.

    With a passion for spiritual development I also enjoy helping people connect with their own abilities. We all have unique gifts and I also run small workshops where i facilitate people accessing their own abilities. As a reiki master and with a teaching qualification at adult education level , I love running course in the following areas: reiki levels 1, 2 and masters. Working with Angels. Understanding your gifts – are you clairsentient, Clair audient, clairvoyant or claircognisant.

    I look forward to meeting you

      Lisa Hickmott

      Nail Technician

      Lisa is a mother of three who has been in the beauty industry for 14 years primarily working mobile around her young family but now the children are growing she joined our team in September 2015.

      Lisa started her training as a nail technician at west Kent college with denise Wright in 2003 then continued training at Denise’s academy, perfect 10. Once lisa started training she decided to start full time college and study beauty therapy which she qualified level 3 I. 2007. As lisa found a new passion for beauty she continued her training in:-
      Hopi ear candles
      Indian head massage
      Ear piercing
      Both tanning systems (lotion & spray)
      Advanced waxing
      Eye lash peeking

      Since joining our team lisa has now qualified in eye lash extensions and she is always looking for more training to further her career.

      Elise Anderson

      Hair Stylist

      Elise is a full time junior stylist at Rocka salon. She has a level 2 and level 3 woman’s hairdressing NVQ qualification and was at college studying hairdressing for 2 years.

      Elise qualified as a hairdresser in 2017. She has always had a passion for hairdressing since a young age and is always training and learning each day she is at the salon. Elise hopes to become the best she can be and achieve high.

        Raine Clarke-Wilson

        Raine is our Junior Nail Technician.

        Raine started her training in the beauty industry in Summer 2017 and joined the Rocka team in October 2017.

        Raine trained with our very own Brillbird educator Gemma Strudwick.

        • Brillbird Manicure
        • Brillbird Pedicure
        • Brillbird Gel Polish
        • Brillbird Acrylic Nails
        • Brillbird Hard Gel

        With Raines 18 year career in the care world industry, she has a natural ability to connect with each client. Always passionate in the work she does and the treatments she offers.

        She brings her enthusiasm and hard work ethic with fun and laughter. Raine loves to make you feel welcome, look good and feel good.