We are proud to be a small family business of professionals and to share our expertise.

We enjoy using our business insight to translate theory into practical application that benefits our clients every-day. We pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to deliver meaningful results that enable our client organisations and their people to thrive.


Robin Rawson

Founder / Managing Director
Workshop Facilitator
Business Coach and Mentor

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Anyone that has met Robin will have heard him say that he is a ‘behaviorist at heart’. He genuinely cares not only about what people learn, but more importantly what people DO with what they learn. His style of teaching is very practical and hands on allowing you to engage in a meaningful, provocative and memorable experience. 

Robin believes that deep down, everybody wants to excel and that people need to be challenged before they will change. His direct ‘feet on the ground’ approach and deliberate use of accelerated learning techniques are central to his success as a professional business consultant.

When you engage with Robin you become so much more than a client. Robin is committed to helping you change your inner attitude so that you can change your outer life. You can expect to be challenged both professionally and personally and Robin will be there to encourage you throughout your journey.

Robin is a specialist in his industry with over 30 years’ experience and is considered one of New Zealand’s foremost adult educators. He has worked with many high profile companies across New Zealand and around the world. He has extensive knowledge and experience in management training, skills based employee development, professional development and business coaching and mentoring. In addition to his extensive experience, Robin holds a National Certificate in Business Studies, a Diploma in Adult Teaching and a Certificate in Training and Development. He is a senior consultant for the NZ Institute of Management (NZIM) South Island wide and an accredited 4QL educator with the Wilf Jarvis Foundation.

Outside of work, Robin is a devoted husband, father and granddad. An honest Kiwi bloke, he loves mucking about in his shed and unwinding from his busy working days. Robin also looks forward to working on several books in the coming years to channel and share his lifetime of knowledge and learning.

Registered Psychologist
Executive Coach & Facilitator

Rebekah is a Registered Psychologist who offers a holistic and solution-focused approach to her clients, believing in a united theory of mental, physical and spiritual health. She is passionate about helping others develop greater awareness and gain access to what they need to enhance their personal wellbeing, both at work and at home.


Rebekah's style is pragmatic and warm, and her aim is to have a positive impact on her client's wellbeing journey. With a background in Organisational Psychology, she also offers support in psychometric and skills assessment, specifically supporting many organisation leaders in both wellbeing and leadership development. As a registered health professional, she follows high ethical standards and requirements for ongoing professional development as mandated by the NZPB.

Rebekah is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, is a full member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (MISCP) and New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP). She is accredited in the use of a number of psychometric assessment tools, including the highly regarded Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, walks in local native bush and reading. Close to her heart is navigating significant life transitions, and she is passionate about supporting others in this space through lending a non-clinical listening ear.


Rebekah Rawson

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Jonathan Pooch

Leadership Coach & Facilitator

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Those who have known Jonathan for any length of time know that he is passionate about making a difference, a passion that he translates into his teaching and mentoring.  Jonathan is a practical coach and facilitator, with a particular focus on relating a meaningful and real experience.  By engaging with Jonathan, you get someone who is committed to supporting you in everything you do.  Leadership doesn’t only happen at work, it happens in all aspects of your life.


Jonathan is an experienced business leader, having established DETA Consulting, now New Zealand’s largest consultancy specialising in energy management and sustainability strategy.  Through the evolution of DETA, Jonathan experienced the highs and lows of leading a business, and all things in between.  He knows how lonely it can be at the top, and the challenge of balancing work with family and other commitments.  His particular skills are team building, change management and professional development.  Jonathan is a Chartered Professional Engineer and active member of the Institute of Directors.


As a passionate sportsperson, Jonathan enjoys contributing to the sporting community in addition to playing himself.  Much of his free time is currently spent coaching and supporting the children in their various sporting and other activities.  He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly tramping with family in the beautiful New Zealand environment.

Miranda Pierson

Administration Manager

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As Progress People's administration wiz, Miranda welcomes the opportunity to assist our clients with their individual requirements. Miranda keeps the wheels in motion on all fronts, overseeing logistical and administrative arrangements to ensure a positive customer experience for our clients. Her warm and sincere approach is appreciated by all, as well as her reliability, efficiency and pleasant nature.


Miranda  has vast experience in supporting others with their wellbeing, including establishing a successful career and business as a Massage Therapist. She believes life is a journey of learning. She is passionate and strives to learn from life’s challenges and care for herself and those around her so she can be the best person she can be.

Miranda enjoys being involved in a variety of committee work through her two daughters' varied extra-curricular activities. She loves exploring the outdoors by hiking or running with her family and dog, Charlie. She also relishes the opportunity to wind down at the end of the day with a good book.

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