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/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.

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.


Rebekah is a Coaching Psychologist who specialises in delivering a holistic and solution-focused approach to 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.

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


Robin Rawson

Founder / Managing Director

Workshop Facilitator

Business Coach and Mentor

+64 27 4350283

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Rebekah Dawson

Registered Psychologist

Resilience Coach & Facilitator

+64 21 985 534

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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.


Energy, curiosity and enthusiasm are probably the words that are most often used to describe Fiona.  She believes that everyone has what they need within them and that with the right questions and support, they are capable of realising their full potential and leading themselves and others with positive influence to have positive impact. 


She holds a NZ Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching, bringing a strong understanding and application of learning design, development and delivery, along with a commitment to meeting the needs of diverse learners and communicators. She is also a qualified Transformative Coach, an ICF (International Coach Federation) recognised qualification. She believes that the gold in any well-facilitated workshop is the sharing of stories and experiences to bring learning to life and that follow up action and accountability are crucial to embed real change.

Fiona loves to work collaboratively and strategically with a range of partners, drawing on their expertise to scale the impact of her work. Her strengths are her ability to relate to a range of people, her energy, curiosity, willingness to ask challenging questions with kindness and her strategic thinking.  She holds and has held a range of leadership roles in her life, including in workplaces, at home, in sport and in her community.  Fiona’s experience includes time in both central and local government, customer service, health, safety and wellbeing and learning and development, as well as volunteer roles in community organisations and Lifeline Aotearoa.

Fiona came to New Zealand, from Ireland, in February 2010, and has since made New Zealand her home with her husband and daughter.  Keeping physically fit, music, food, coffee and books are some of the things that make her tick.  Her consultancy, Cara Consulting, is a leadership, wellbeing and learning partner that provides coaching, training and facilitation services.


Kia ora tátou

Ko Takitimu te maunga

Ko Aparima te awa

Ko Ngai Tahu tona iwi

Nò Waihopai ia

Ko Pankhurst tona whánau

Ko Lisa tona ingoa


Lisa describes herself as a human activator, with a passion for addressing the beliefs that underlie human behaviour to improve overall wellbeing and bring awareness and value to individual self-worth.

With a background in high performance sport, as both a swimmer and coach for over 15 years, Lisa has been at international heights dealing with stress and anxiety and how they work alongside excellence.  She holds a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, and qualifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and as a Breathwork facilitator.  Through drawing upon this knowledge and experience, Lisa creates fearless spaces that enable her to support her clients in discovering their unique pathway for inner transformation and a thriving lifestyle.


She brings an open-mind and non-judgemental approach to her work to promote courage and vulnerability in her one-on-one and group facilitations.  Lisa resides in Invercargill with her partner and their blended family of three children and is known to enter the odd open water swimming race.


Jonathan Pooch

Leadership Coach & Facilitator

+64 21 1776571

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Fiona Deehan

Transformative Facilitator & Coach

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Lisa Pankhurst

Life Coach & NLP Practitioner

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Rebecca Withnall

Leadership Facilitator & Coach

(North Island)

+64 21 1776571

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Rebecca has spent 15 years in the corporate sector developing and leading teams. She is passionate about sharing her leadership knowledge to help others learn the craft of leadership and achieve beyond what they thought was possible.

She brings an energy and enthusiasm with her that is infectious. With a background in operations, Rebecca has a good understanding of the shift work environment and the impact this has both on teams and individuals. Her industry experience includes manufacturing, agriculture, science and technology.

Rebecca’s sweet spot is working with emerging leaders to help them understand what leadership is and identify the strengths they can harness as they start on their leadership journey. She also works as a sounding board for established leaders who are working through a period of change or want to go deeper into the leadership journey.

Rebecca is also a qualified Health Coach through PreKure, understanding that personal wellbeing is an essential tool for effective leadership.

Rebecca is located in the Hawkes Bay, in the coastal township of Te Awanga, where she lives with her husband and three active boys. This is where her consultancy, Stones Throw Consulting Ltd is based, specialising in leadership development, coaching and team building.