Meet Team derma’s Tatum!

by | 16 July 2021

Meet Team derma’s lovely Tatum, our New Zealand Business Manager.

1.How would you describe yourself or how would your friends describe you? 

I am tenacious, fair, incredibly loyal, adventurous, and not afraid to have a tough conversation. My bestie of 33 years says:  “A positive people’s person who forms meaningful connections with almost everyone she meets. Helluva smart yet dangerous with a needle and thread”



2.Where do you see yourself in five- ten years? 

In 5 years from now I will be a New Zealand citizen, driving an EV, while continuing to humbly lead the NZ Derma family as we achieve the business goals through the rewarding partnerships with our amazing clients. I hope to also be enjoying some overseas travel with my hubby and children: would love Japan and Disney to feature as post-Covid travel destinations.  Ten years from now, the bank will no longer own our home.



3.What are you most proud of? 

I am most proud of competing in the Dusi Canoe Marathon in South Africa in 2008. I had never paddled before and wanted to compete in this epic race as a tribute to my dad on the 10th anniversary of his passing. Dad competed in it 25 years earlier, when I was 8yrs old. I was a fitness diarist for the Shape Magazine for 12 months in their ‘hero to zero’ fitness challenge. The Dusi marathon is a 125km canoe race that takes place over 3 days, traversing 2 rivers in South Africa between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Completing this epic race brought me much needed closure with my dad’s death and it gave me the inner strength I needed to take the daunting yet necessary path of being a solo parent to my two children at the time.



4.Where do you find your motivation? 

I draw on my life lessons, I revisit my personal values and refer to my life mission of wanting to leave a legacy of love and laughter.



5.Are setting goals an important aspect for creating success?

Having attainable goals is vital for success: ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail’ … some wise person once said.



6.How do you manage work, family, friends and staying active?

Teamwork is our family’s winning formula. Playing to each other’s unique strengths plus planning ahead for each week is crucial for life to flow in harmony. I also love this quote: ‘Happiness is not a permanent state, wholeness is.’ Having a 5yr old certainly helps me to stay fit as I need to keep up with her, while my hubby, Gordon, is amazing: he does all the cooking plus shares the household chores and admin with me 100%, without me ever having to ask.



7.Is it important to exercise? And why?

I find staying active the most challenging. I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I hate doing it yet love the feeling afterwards! As I grow older, I recognise the importance that being fit plays in my overall health & wellbeing. I don’t want to enter my 50’s with a body that is faltering so I see exercise as vital medicine to aging well.



8.How do you deal with the negative aspects of your job?

What is this even?!? Honestly, I have my dream job…it works perfectly with my personality. The hardest part of my job is having tough conversations with my team and/or clients. Although I see these conversations as opportunities for me to develop my relationship skills and for the other party to hopefully grow or develop in an area too.




  • What I do at derma aesthetics…I run the New Zealand business for Derma Aesthetics. I manage a small team; I iron out any issues & juggle curve balls that arise in the day-to-day running of a business; I handle supply chain, logistics, purchasing and finance aspects of business management. Plus, I provide support to the Head of Sales in Australia with local market input and insight.


  • My strengths… I have strong people’s skills and am able to mediate and facilitate business negotiations, manage changing team dynamics and align these to the business objectives. I don’t understand the word ‘no.’ There is always a solution or compromise: one just has to be prepared to work for it, recalibrate at times and go get it.


  • My weaknesses…It took me many years to learn to say ‘no’ – to people and situations that sapped my energy and positivity. I learnt that we teach people how to treat us and so over time, I turned this weakness into a strength. And I am honestly no good at cooking. I would rather have root canal.