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

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 Chapter 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 to support the other family hobby of a very spoiled horse!

Darin Pillay

Darin Pillay

New Zealand Service Manager

I am responsible for the performance and service capabilities for Hydraulink’s eight company owned branches located strategically across New Zealand.

Focusing on growth through our branch network, I enjoy the challenges of the role and dealing with our people.

Striving to improve our service to all customers is a key goal.

Outside of work I enjoy spending with my wife and two young sons.

Also, a lot of tinkering around on cars and motorbikes when time allows.

Rob Naughton

Rob Naughton

New Zealand & Pacific Sales Manager

I manage the Area Sales Managers across New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. As the New Zealand Sales Manager I travel extensively throughout the country meeting customers and our network Distributors.

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

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.

Julian Bennett

Julian Bennett

National Operations Manager

As Operations Manager I lead a skilled team of people who all play a key role in ensuring our NZ and export customers are supplied the right product on time. This includes Customer Service, Purchasing & Logistics, Manufacturing, Quality and Distribution.

Outside of work I enjoy cycling, fishing, and escaping the city to spend time at the bach with my family and friends.

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