Meet Your Aerium Mentor: Ryan Leslie

Business professional and Principal Consultant at Aerium, Ryan brings vast experience and expertise to Aerium’s Mentoring Panel.   This includes guiding mentor participants through a Business Health Check to evaluate crucial elements of your business.

Below we get to know more about Ryan and explore the benefits when mentoring with him.


Ryan has 20+years’ experience in business development and transformation, project management, engineering, product development, innovation, intellectual property, market research and marketing.  His career spans various industries including power, mining, professional & technical services, manufacturing, wholesaling and retail.

An accredited Small Business Victoria facilitator specialising in business planning, management and marketing.

Mentoring experience

  • Small Business Victoria workshop facilitator (current).
  • VCCI Small Business Mentoring Program assisting businesses impacted by COVID (current).
  • LEANSTACK Innovation Mentor (current).
  • Startup Gippsland Mentor (current).
  • Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program and Latrobe Valley Supply Chain Transition Program Mentor (2017-2020).
  • Bushfire Business Recovery Program (2019-20)

Mentoring expertise and knowledge

  • Establishing your business
  • Business planning and growth strategies
  • Sales and marketing
  • Workflow management, systems and tools
  • OHS, environmental or quality compliance
  • Risk and resilience management.

What is your mentoring approach and session objectives?

My approach is always with an open mind and listening ear to gain an understanding of current business challenges and goals. This in turn helps to quickly establish the priority areas of support needed.

My objective is to establish key success factors and priority actions in the short, medium and long term, which can then be applied with practical tools and methods for time-poor owners and managers to implement.

What topics are covered in your areas of expertise?

What takeaways can a mentee expect from your mentoring sessions?

A fresh perspective and practical approach to business management and growth.

What are the benefits for the mentee?

  1. A business Health Check – deep understanding of where their business is at using a score-based capability assessment.
  2. Industry benchmarking.
  3. Access to experts & associates.
  4. Prioritised action plan.


Learn more about how you can obtain FREE Business Mentoring with Aerium