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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 
Executive Coach | Facilitator


​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.

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Rebekah Rawson

Wellbeing Coach | Administration

Rebekah works part-time with Progress People, in a multifaceted role to ensure that all aspects of our operations are seamlessly delivered. She is passionate about providing an exceptional client experience and whilst primarily engaged in administrative support, she also undertakes client work on a contractual basis.

With a background in Organisational Psychology, Rebekah's strengths are in collaborating with leaders to foster wellbeing capabilities and guiding individuals towards self-awareness. She draws upon two decades of diverse experience spanning learning and development, wellbeing and psychological intervention. She is accredited in a number of psychometric assessments, including the highly regarded Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS).

Rebekah holds a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Psychology, and a PGDip in Organisational Psychology.

Rebekah adeptly balances this role with other creative pursuits, alongside her commitments to family life.

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Marshall Cowley

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As an international consultant, coach and facilitator specialising in executive leadership development and cultural change, Marshall works with individuals and businesses to bridge the gap between knowledge and action, and between planning and achievement.


With 30 years of experience in leading and coaching people, Marshall has worked on every continent (except Africa) for clients such as NZ Blood Service, Nestlé, Lion, Stantec, Programmed, General Mills, Motorola, and Mars Wrigley. He focuses on executive team coaching, building leadership bench strength and achievement-based cultures aligned to strategy, across the public, private and non-profit sectors.


Marshall has extensive expertise in strategic human resource management (National HRD and P&C Executive roles), organisational development, change leadership and strategy execution. He holds tertiary qualifications in management and is accredited in over 20 diagnostic/psychometric tools.


Marshall is also a proud founding member of the leadership team for the Homeward Bound Project, a global initiative to empower women in science to lead, influence and contribute to policy as it informs the future of our planet.

Executive Coach | Facilitator

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Jonathan Pooch

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.

Leadership Coach | Facilitator

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