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

Managing Director 
Facilitator | Executive Coach

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​Robin is the founder and Managing Director of Progress People. He coaches and consults to a wide range of Boards of Directors, Chief Executives and Senior Managers and has worked with a wide range of industry groups. Robin is a specialist in professional development and a highly sought-after facilitator and presenter. He has extensive knowledge and over 30 years’ experience in leadership development and skills-based employee development.


Robin holds a National Certificate in Business Studies, a Diploma in Adult Teaching and 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 enjoys unwinding in his shed, often immersing himself in woodworking projects. He is an avid collector and owns a very impressive collection of Batman paraphernalia, Lego and McDonalds toys spanning many decades. He also enjoys spending time with family and keeping up with his five young grandchildren.

Principal Consultant

Rebekah's background in organisational psychology, combined with many years in relationship building roles makes her ideally suited to assisting our clients in a range of projects. 

As a wellbeing specialist, she works with leaders to develop wellbeing capability and is passionate about helping others develop insight and gain access to what they need to enhance their wellbeing. She also offers support in psychometric and skills assessment and is accredited in the use of a number of psychometric tools, including the highly regarded Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS) and GeneSys suite assessments. 

Being a small family-operated business, Rebekah also works "behind the scenes" to ensure that all aspects of our operations are seamlessly delivered. She is passionate about providing an exceptional client experience and draws upon 20 years of experience working in learning and development, organisational wellbeing, psychological intervention as well as administration and marketing.

Rebekah holds a BA (Psychology), MSc (Applied Psychology) and PGDip (Organisational Psychology).

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, yoga, walks with her Golden Labrador, Sage, and catching up with friends.

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Rebekah Rawson


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.


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.