Meet the Team
A New Zealand native and Founder of Rockflower, Andrew McAlpine is a production designer for films. He graduated from Nottingham University and as an accomplished designer, he received the 1974 Calouste Gulbenkian Designer’s Award in Holography for his use of the medium in theatre. He is most notably recognised for his work on The Piano, winning not only an Australian Film Institute Award and but also a BAFTA for the film. Some of his other works include The Beach, An Education, Me Before You and Clockers for Spike Lee.
In the early 1990s Andrew came up with the concept for Rockflower’s fresh flower vending machine when he found it very hard to find unique flower bouquets available in the USA. His passion for technology and natural beauty came to life in 2014 when the first Rockflower vending unit opened in London’s Blackfriars station. Now, when he isn’t designing movies, Andrew oversees the designing of Rockflower in its next incarnation: selling and renting his vending machine creations directly to businesses looking for 24/7 sales of anything from electronics or beauty products to footwear.
Andrew enjoys working in his vibrant home garden in London, doing yoga and taking long walks along wilderness pathways.
Aged 19, Karen created a business called Bisque Radiators Ltd. It soon grew to be a market leader in designer central heating radiators and after 25 years as Financial and Marketing Director, she stepped down and sold the company in 2006 before setting up a gardening business with her husband, Mark. When not working, Karen enjoys cycling, yoga and spending time with her family which includes three children and two flat-coated retrievers called Ruby and Patton.
Mark was a maths teacher for many years before starting a garden design and maintenance business alongside Karen in 2006. They sold the company a couple of years ago and are now focused on success with Rockflower. Outside of his business life, Mark has been a marathon runner. He enjoys cycling and yoga and also loves to cook for his family.
Gemma Jackson is a Director of Rockflower. Gemma is an Emmy-Award winning Production Designer, most known for her work designing Bridget Jones’ Diary, Game of Thrones and Fortitude. Recently, she completed King Arthur for Guy Ritchie. She was also a nominee for the Academy Awards Best Art Direction category for her work on the film Finding Neverland.
Gemma and Andrew are partners in life and Rockflower Vending Ltd. She is a great supporter of Rockflower and its colourful progress in our cities around the world.