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 spec on the cutting room floor. Reece also has a full sleeve tattoo on his right arm, giving crucial 'street cred' to logistics people everywhere.
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.
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.
Ladies & Gentlemen let us introduce you to the one, the only ‘Kate Banks’ . Yep Triumph & Disaster NZ has a new head honcho, although she prefers to go by the moniker El Chapo! Kate brings a wealth of experience from the Professional Beauty and Haircare Industry. She is an internationally qualified beauty, body and spa therapist specialising in skin therapies. Kate’s also a killer sales person with a passion for business development and she strongly believes business is a partnership where absolutely anything is achievable if both parties work together to grow.
Most recently Kate has been working with global professional Haircare and Beauty distributors kicking goals where they need kicking most – Kate brings a renewed energy to T&D’s sales team adding direction and process with the firm belief that when our clients win - we win – yah! : )
Kate is a mild sugar addict (the first step is acceptance), a part-time classic car enthusiast and a burgeoning political activist, whose life motto is “do the best you can until you know better and then when you know better, do better”. We are excited about having someone of Kates calibre on board. In short, Kate has NZ covered.
Hailing from the sunny, citrus filled slopes of Northlands, Kerikeri; Ben was once considered the ‘Pride of the North’ having been voted ‘Kerikeri high’ prom king runner-up, two years running. However, this title has been tarnished somewhat in recent times due in part to his recent move to the Big Smoke to take a job in Kiwifruit skincare.
Something of a general knowledge whiz, Ben spends his spare time memorizing the lesser known constellations of the southern hemisphere, watching cricket and spell checking old exam papers. His first car was a Datsun. A keen golfer, Ben has caddied for a guy called Barry who on the 7th he advised the slope ran east to west, the putt however ran more south x south-east and that was the end of the niceties from Mr Obama.
Ben brings fresh legs and a great attitude to T&D, a keen nose for the sale and a never say die attitude. He uses his intellect combined with a rare kind of Northland street gumption that means he gets the job done. Ben’s business card says dealer, but he is much more than that to our team, a crucial cog you might say, in the machine. We will leave you with Ben’s favourite quote; “the pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. Rock n Roll Ben.