"We are defined in the moments.

In those moments, let kindness dominate."

"Wellbeing needs to be embedded in the expectations and behaviours of our leaders"

"You are the only thing stopping you from being a better version of you"



Founder / Managing Director

Workshop Facilitator

Business Coach and Mentor

Corporate Wellness Consultant

Registered Organisational Psychologist



Operations Manager

Personal Brand Coach

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.

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/mentoring programmes. 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.

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. You can also trust Robin to hold you accountable to the promises and commitments you make to ensure long term success from your engagement with Progress People.

Outside of work, Robin is a devoted husband, father and granddad.  He would best describe himself as 'young at heart'. He is a passionate collector so be sure to ask to see the infamous Batman collection if you haven't already. An honest Kiwi bloke, he loves mucking about in his shed - building, creating, 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.


+64 27 4350283

Rebekah is passionate about helping others develop a greater awareness and gain access to what they need to enhance their personal wellbeing both at work and at home. After completing post-graduate study in Organisational Psychology at the University of Canterbury, she started her career with OPRA Psychology Group where she developed a special interest in psychometrics, particularly their use in the role of leadership development. She has worked with leaders and organisations in this capacity for over ten years and is thrilled to be able to deliver specialist services in corporate wellbeing.

Rebekah truly aspires to practice what she preaches and enjoys spending time doing things that she knows enhance her own wellbeing (and not just because there is good scientific evidence to back it up!). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, yoga, family holidays, reading and walking with friends. She is also actively involved in her children’s school community and sporting interests.

Rebekah is a Registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Organisational Psychology. She is accredited in the use of a number of psychometric assessment tools and the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS) and is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology.


+64 21 985534

If you attend any workshop or session with Progress People, it's unlikely that Kathryn hasn't been involved in your experience at some level. Kathryn is responsible for making sure our business runs smoothly and that every client receives an experience that exceeds their expectations .


Kathryn also brings her passion and particular skill set to the organisation specialising in Personal Brand. Kathryn knows that by developing in you a positive self-image and greater self-confidence, your business will flourish. Her Personal Brand workshops and coaching services are very self reflective and focus on developing your professional presentation, emotional connection and personal wellbeing to strengthen and enhance the way you represent yourself professionally. 


Her experience is strongly grounded in customer service and management working in varying customer based roles for the past 15 years. She had a successful career in banking which gave her invaluable experience in financial knowledge, budgets, financial analysis and business management. Skills which are essential in her role with Progress People. Her number one focus is customer experience and is very excited about the future of Progress People and what we will be able to offer.

Outside of work, Kathryn is a mum to two beautiful daughters and a qualified professional Makeup Artist. She enjoys spending time rediscovering what Canterbury has to offer though the eyes of her young children, latin dancing and regular gym based exercise.

Kathryn is usually office based on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday however enjoys flexible working hours and will respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible.


+64 21 511896

Robin Rawson - Managing Director / Founder
Robin Rawson - Managing Director
Rebekah Dawson - Corporate Wellness Consultant
Rebekah Dawson - Corporate Wellness Consultant