Clare Cockell is Founder & CEO of The Reef. 

Being an entrepreneur from a young age; she has created a brand that has passion, is constantly evolving and leading the team to achieve results. Clare thrives on offering an experience that has clients leave wowed, relaxed, and with a memory that lasts. 

After writing several articles, creating a blog, fundraising for charity, and presenting at various events. Her expertise have given her a sharp eye for detail and she have a huge passion for excellence in customer service, plus promoting and developing skills within the industry after becoming a judge in the leading national Professional Beauty Awards.

Clare Cockell trained as a beauty therapist in 2002 and immediately fell in love with the industry. One of her earliest jobs was at Grayshott Hall destination spa. She noticed there would be a large number of guests who would visit from Kent (her home county) because there was nothing quite like it there. Clare realised this, and thought it was such a shame. Even the salons at the time were very 'in and out'. So, in 2007 she took on a salon with her mother

The salon was on the top two floors of the building. They pretty much started from scratch after taking on the business. Very early on, Clare's 'why' for starting a salon business was shown as they first introduced luxurious treatments, then a year later expanded the business into the ground floor and launched a relaxation room. This meant they could offer spa days with afternoon tea, and clients did not need to rush out the door straight after a relaxing treatment. The Reef was the first in Kent to offer such an experience and the popularity grew quickly. From the expansion in 2008, the salon rebranded as The Reef

The mayor attended the launch party. The Reef regularly held events and raised money for charities important to the team, and had celebrity clients visit. There was always a buzz and to this day they constantly strive to grow, and inspire

Awards and Achievements

  • Founder and CEO of multi award-winning businesses, The Reef beauty retreats
  • Kent Beauty Salon of the Year 2015
  • Phorest salon software Customer Service Award
  • Theo Paphitis #SBS Winner
  • A judge in the Professional Beauty Awards for the past 5 years
  • Shortlisted for a Sevenoaks Customer Service business award
  • Shortlisted Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Clare)
  • A writer and advisor; Clare has a wealth of experience in business and the beauty industry
  • Certified Beauty Therapist with vast individual beauty qualifications  
  • Qualified Life Coach 

Clare still has a large involvement in the business and day to day running. She also now runs workshops and consults for other business owners, particularly in the beauty industry