About Tanya…

Hi, I’m Tanya.

I’m a mum of two small blonde terrors (you can see them below), wife, sister, daughter, neighbour, friend, and of course a facilitator (leadership development) and a coach. I love working with other people, particularly mums, who need encouragement and support to build their personal value, and to really leverage their skills and experiences – especially the ones you overlook!


My Approach

Let’s face it, there is a multitude of different coaching styles, types and approaches out there. It is really important to find one which resonates with you, and which will help you to identify and achieve your aspirations.

I not only rely on my Leadership Coaching qualifications and expertise to support you, but also share the wealth of knowledge and experience that I have collected after 20 odd years in a variety of business industries. With 8 of those years spent managing staff, and another 7 of which involved developing my own enterprise, there is a diversity of interesting stories and opportunities to learn that come with that. In terms of qualifications, I am a Chartered Manager with certifications in Coaching (Growth Coaching), Business degrees (Bachelor of Business, Masters of Business Administration), Teaching qualifications (Grad Cert in Tertiary Education, Cert IV in Training and Education), and accreditations in i4 Neuroleader assessments, DISC and Extended DiSC, and Genos Emotional Intelligence. When I work with you, I leverage the best and worst of my experiences with these to help make sure you are traveling on your best path to success.

Ultimately, my focus is you. I am driven by a desire to help others realise and achieve their potential. So rather than rolling out a one-size-fits-all coaching experience which many organisations do, I aim to work with you in a way which suits both of us.

So tell me…

  • Do you want to be doing something more meaningful, but feel guilty or worried that it would mean you are not being the best mum you can? It’s possible!
  • Did you know that all those skills you developed to manage as a parent are invaluable in the workplace or in your own business? It’s true!
  • Would you prefer to be doing something you love AND still being a great role-model and parent? You can!


Let’s explore that further:

  • Where are you at in your journey?
  • What do you want to achieve in your life right now AND in the future?
  • What is holding you back?
  • What would you love to be doing in 3 or 6 months time?
  • How would you like to be feeling about yourself?


I’m a huge believer in self-fulfilling prophecies. In other words – the power of our own self talk! And that as a result, only we truly hold the keys to our own success.

Which sometimes is just as well, and at other times … “Seriously, I have to sort this out myself!?!”

..And I totally get that. In recent times I’ve become SO much more aware of my own limiting beliefs and self talk…

“I have to change jobs to progress”

“What if no one buys it”

“What if someone does… and I’m no good”

“Having your own business isn’t a real ‘job’ – its just play-time.”

“I need to focus on the kids and forget having a career… I can’t have both”

..and a more recent discovery of mine:

“I can’t make money from following my dreams. I have to keep my passions as hobbies, and work is about ‘making a living'”

What!! And yet I fully believe for others that they should be able to do what they love, earn money for it, AND feel validated in themselves for doing it!  So yes, I’m still learning everyday, and practicing what I “teach” – otherwise, how can I be authentic in what I do?


Okay, enough rambling from me – I’d love to have a chat with you, particularly if you are interested in developing your business or progressing in your career.

Remember, I’m not a psychologist, a therapist of any sort, a financial advisor, a legal advisor, or an expert in the very individual and very unique world that is you. BUT I can help you feel more in control, more focused, and taking clear action to achieve your goals and aspirations.

Please email me (coach@tmrutherford.com.au) or just fill in your contact details below to set up an initial (free, no obligation, etc) discovery conversation with me. I’m looking forward to learning more about YOU and what you’d like to achieve!


Tanya’s experience in leadership, business and teaching – as well as her compassion, humour and coaching skills – make a powerful cocktail of coaching arsenal. Plus I know she understands how challenging the juggling act of motherhood, life and career can be from real-life personal experience. If I was looking to unleash my potential, advance my career or build my own business while still being a present and loving mum – I’d be booking in with Tanya quick smart! – Naomi Arnold, Life and Business Coach


Please keep an eye out for an email organising a discovery chat from coach@tmrutherford.com.au – sometimes I get lost in the promotions box in gmail!