About / Our People

The strength of Hydraulink comes from our wide range of dedicated and highly skilled people. Our people have years of experience and expertise in their field, which keeps Hydraulink on top as a market leader and innovator. Our valued customers can rely on experienced and enthusiastic Hydraulink staff to solve a wide range of problems and assist with their business growth. The 'can do' attitude of our people has seen Hydraulink develop over the past 20 years to become a recognised industry leader.

Management

Lee Short

Lee Short

Joint Managing Director

  • Phone: + 64 9 525 2626
Role at Hydraulink: I now focus on governance and strategy development at Hydraulink for all markets. Planning our future and providing certainty to staff and customers is key to our continuing growth in these challenging business environments. I am involved in evaluating several exciting projects, which offer significant future opportunities for the company.

Interests: Family activities first, followed by lifestyle block farming and sailing when we can. I am an active runner and swimmer.

Other: I am an appointed Director on the Priory Trust Board of St John - involved providing governance and guidance of St John New Zealand. St John provide emergency services to around 90% of all New Zealander's - from over 190 ambulance stations, using over 600 emergency vehicles. St John transport over 400,000 patients each year. St John has over 16,000 members, made up of over 8000 volunteers, 2300 paid staff, and 5700 youth. St John is a charity with a turnover in excess of $230million which has the aim of enhancing the health and well being of all New Zealander's.

Robin Simpson

Robin Simpson

CEO

As CEO at Hydraulink my role is about support and direction to a highly skilled and focused team. Having been with Hydraulink over 20 years and in a variety of roles in the business I am passionate about the products and service our industry offers. I am also a director of both Hydraulink in New Zealand and Australia.

Outside of work involves lots of time on the water. Racing the Laser or crewing on a keel boat, surfing the paddle board, diving and fishing. That leaves a little bit of time for the three special girls at home. One of which is a lovely black Lab who always wags the tail even when Iā€™m late home from work!

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson

New Zealand Service Manager

I am responsible for the performance of our eight Hydraulink company owned stores, strategically located throughout NZ, being: Whangarei, North Shore, Penrose, Hamilton, Tokoroa, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. I'm enjoying the new challenges of this role and I strive to improve our services to all Hydraulink customers.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my partner and my two sports-minded children. When I have free time I enjoy racing 17b Superstock at Meanee Speedway in Napier. My passion for horses has me at the racecource on both sides of the ditch, supporting Hasselhoof and Gingernuts as a part owner.

Rob Naughton

Rob Naughton

New Zealand Sales Manager

I manage the Industrial division of Hydraulink. The team I head up install, service and sell parts for automatic lubrication systems and automatic fire suppression systems on mobile plant. We are the New Zealand agents for Lincoln lubrication systems and Qtec fire suppression systems.

Outside of work I enjoy family time (kids grow up so fast!) and am a keen participant in multi-sport races, having already completed three Coast to Coast events.

Noel Davies

Noel Davies

Joint Managing Director

  • Phone: + 64 9 525 2626
My role at Hydraulink now focuses on providing strategic input into our on-going growth.

Outside of work, it's family first, however, with a proud service history in the Royal New Zealand Navy I love to be on the water any chance I get!

Other: I sit on numerous boards, including Auckland Medical Research Association and Baseball New Zealand. I also enjoy using my skills and expertise to assist many companies with their strategic planning and governance.

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

National Sales & Service Manager

I am responsible for the overall sales performance and sales strategy for the New Zealand market. Marketing and sponsorship activities also form part of my duties. I enjoy the scope that this role provides allowing involvement in a number of different facets of the business, this ensures that each day is different and exciting.

Outside of work I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and two young girls. When time allows some hunting and fishing and I am also a keen football supporter.

Don Flintoff

Don Flintoff

Operations & Customer Services Manager

I manage the Operations and Customer Services in New Zealand for our Hydraulic and Industrial products. My team is responsible for Purchasing and Logistics as well as Customer Services and Distribution. Our team is also continually undergoing training to ensure they are the best within our industry in terms of supply and service.

Outside of work I enjoy riding motorcycles, spending time with my wife and three children and relaxing with family and friends.

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