Robert – Founder
As founder of GTGO Rob is across all parts of this social enterprise. He’s a qualified bus driver (NZTA Class2, Passenger endorsement), NZOIA hiking and biking leader, paddleboard instructor with NZ Surf, and face of the organisation. Rob founded Got To Get Out after a long career in a corporate office. A trip to Nepal in 2014 prompted him that getting outdoors was extremely good for body and mind, and he decided to share this mission of ‘getting out’ with as many Kiwis as possible. Robert is a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year semi finalist, and Local Hero for his work getting people outdoors.
Robert came up with the idea of Got To Get Out while trekking towards Mt Everest Base Camp, in late 2014. He gained inspiration high in the mountains of Nepal, that maybe he could use his skills (from a long career in marketing and advertising) for a greater cause. He came home after Mt Everest Base Camp and started posting on social media, inviting people to ‘get outdoors’ with him, and sharing his own adventures. Before long, the Got To Get Out online community had grown to several thousand people, and he was hosting trips every weekend. In 2018 Robert went ‘full time’ working on Got To Get Out (he says ‘full time volunteer’!) and in 2019 Robert became an ambassador for New Zealand outdoor retailer Torpedo7.
In the past few years Robert is a TedX speaker, New Zealander of the year finalist, and Kiwibank ‘Local Hero’ for his work motivating people to ‘get outdoors and active’.