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Raised in Nottingham, and having spent time living in Australia and New Zealand, Phil Ashton now heads up our UK & Europe operations from London.

With a keen interest in fashion and grooming, Phil is extremely passionate about his role and the Triumph & Disaster brand.

Phil ensures that Triumph & Disaster responds to the evolving UK and European consumer trends, making sure the brand is always educating customers on the best possible rituals for skin, body, and haircare, to ensure they have the confidence to be the best they can be. Loves cooking, soul, blues, and guinness..




Dion is a former international cricketer, having represented New Zealand for a nearly a decade before retiring due to a series of injuries. Dion’s passion for skincare dates back to his long days spent enduring sun, wind and sweat whilst toiling away at professional sport. This industrial exposure to the effects that environment has on skin formed Dion’s initial skincare regimen and later the basis for T&D’s ethos around how to look after and protect our bodies most valuable asset – our skin. Since founding Triumph & Disaster in April 2011, Dion has worked tirelessly to find the best chemists, ingredients and advisers to ensure T&D is at the very forefront of a clean, natural, ethical skincare revolution. Dion continues to evolve and develop T&D’s internal ideology to ensure what we put on our skin and how we protect it from the environment, utilises the latest green science with proven, effective, natural ingredients to deliver performance that leads the market, a commitment to excellence and evolving the game that will forever be core to the brands DNA.

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Another former New Zealand Cricketer Reece used to catch balls for a living, now he catches and dispatches freight and looks after product quality and logistics.  Reece’s training in design and management means his eye for detail and willingness to take responsibility make him a crucial team member, one with broad shoulders, which is just as well because pretty much the only time we hear from him is when something goes wrong.

Reece was one of T&D’s earliest employees and plays a key role in overseeing all product development, internally he has a reputation for being ‘the axe’ that leaves projects that do not come up to speck on the cutting room floor. Reece also has a full sleeve tattoo on his left arm, giving crucial 'street cred' to logistics people everywhere.



As another slightly haggard ex NZ cricketer making his appearance in the T&D lineup, Kerry confirms T&D as an official dumping ground for 'has-been' sportspeople. Kerry describes himself as far and away the most talented ex-cricketer on the T&D staff, putting his lack of international game time down to a greater prowess in off field pursuits when compared with his peers.
After finishing his playing career Kerry has assumed many personas, drifting like a lost John Rambo from town to town, job to job, before stumbling upon T&D as a potential future employer.
At which point it must be said, his focus has been keen, like a dog with a bone he has harassed, gnawed and generally bullied his way into the role of online sales and marketing co-ordinator (whatever that is); whichever the case, we are glad to have the big fella on board.



Heading up our USA business, with a deft touch and generous smile Yvonne has balanced the line between journalism and sales with aplomb. In a previous life as editor of fashion magazines, Yvonne received an infinite number of skincare products from numerous brands to review, along with invitations to spas to experience, spending countless hours learning from some of the most dedicated aestheticians. Yvonnes’s trend-spotting helped keep her publications relevant and on point and along the way acted as a form of education for her role today, discovering the benefits of natural ingredients, the magic of cold-pressed oils, the impact of the ‘clean skincare’ revolution over the old traditional models. Along the way Yvonne honed her sales skills in health and wellness, lifestyle marketing roles. Then after years of searching for cruelty-free, non-toxic, clean and natural products, she discovered Triumph & Disaster’s Gameface moisturizer and the rest as they say, is history. 





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