Meet the team

The Platform 1 Partners

Rob Young

rob-young2016Rob is Managing Director of Platform 1 and runs the Platform 1 programme. Rob has an accounting and management background, primarily with large multinationals in the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand and in recent years he  has worked in human resource consulting, with public sector organisations and medium to large corporates. Rob has also owned and operated McDonald's restaurants at Auckland Airport, and established his own consulting practice. Currently, Rob is Managing Partner at Saturn Group where he specialises in executive search and senior management recruitment, including roles for Platform 1 clients.

Rob's comprehensive business background and exposure to a huge range of organisations and businesses from all industry sectors, has equipped him with an unique set of consulting skills, along with business insights that will be of great benefit to Platform 1 clients.

Geoff Shaw

geoff-shaw2016Having grown up around a family business and followed that with multinational experience and  30 years experienced in executive recruitment, Geoff has worked on Platform 1 projects for the past 15 years across a wide range of sectors and regions.

He operated his own firm for 11 years before joining Platform 1 in 2001.

Geoff is degree-qualified in management and psychology and has a particular understanding of the people issues and challenges of leadership/ownership transition and a real passion for Platform1's clients and their ongoing success, especially in NZ's critical regional markets.

Mike Warmington

MWarringtonMike has joined Platform 1 to focus on growing the Auckland and Northern region. Mike has held various General Management and Senior Director roles over the last 20 years in both New Zealand and Australia.

His key sales and marketing roles have focussed on developing high performing teams and driving business growth and shareholder value. Additional experience has been gained through management consulting to a range of small to large businesses.

Having been on the Senior Executive Team of large businesses, Mike has gained a broad level of experience from strategic planning and marketing through to business transformation, change management and talent identification.

Paul Naske

Paul-NaskePaul has joined the Platform 1 team to focus on the key region of the central North Island. Paul has a 20 year plus career in hands-on general management and knows what it takes to make a business perform well. He has held various roles within Fletcher Building, Fletcher Paper and Fletcher Forests and more recently within a privately owned food manufacturing company. He has travelled extensively through Asia developing markets in the timber, roading and infrastructure and food manufacturing industries. This broad experience has developed strong skills in business analysis, strategic planning and business development.

Paul has met many business people as a  volunteer business mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand and believes in the importance of maintaining vibrant business communities within regional New Zealand.

Peter Roborgh

Peter Roborgh 2017Peter is the South Island partner for Platform 1.

Peter had an early interest in life/business stage decision making, choosing to study and research career and business transition for his post graduate degree at Canterbury University back in the 1980s. He published several articles on his findings at that time.

His career then started in marketing and commercial roles for some of New Zealand's largest corporates but quickly moved to managing businesses in the small to medium sector.  Peter has extensive experience across many industry sectors, both as a business manager and a business owner. He has started, grown and successfully exited several companies and is very experienced in planning and implementing change for growth and matching management talent to the unique characteristics of each business.

Peter continues to be passionate about helping business owners get life and business stage decisions right and the breadth of his expertise and experience is highly valued by Platform 1 clients.

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