Mentor project 2016

Local Business Mentors

Business Kyneton is proud to promote the following business mentors as a resource to the local business community.  Their contribution to our 2016 Mentoring Program is greatly appreciated.

Lee Sandwith

Done. Total Business Solutions

0407 996 779

Experienced business, communications and marketing professionals, with a track record in successfully supporting business, branding and transformational goals.

From the inception of an idea, Done works with business owners to developing strategies that work.

Supporting business growth through project management, strategy and creative direction is what we do best.  Lee’s sector experience includes healthcare, food & hospitality, arts and culture, and professional services.  

Robert Pearse

Pearse Marketing & Communications

0412 263 595

Robert’s sector experience is in manufacturing, construction, and professional services.  His key strength is marketing and communications.

Veronica Strachan

Veronica is a coach, strategist, facilitator and change agent. She loves helping people find their confidence, tap into their resilience, and step into leadership. She works with people who want to be seen and heard, and need practical tools they can use immediately to make a powerful and compassionate impact. She teaches tools and shares strategies that move people from “I can’t” to “I can”.  She has sector experience in health, aged and community care, education & training and professional services. Her strengths are in systems, people, planning, change, project management, personal development, and strategic planning.

Brian Ellis

Reitred CEO/Finance Director/Managing Director

0428 130 737

Brian’s sector experience includes manufacturing, retail and construction.  His strengths are in finance, marketing and planning.

Jill Rivers

Jill Rivers is a writer, producer and cultural consultant who has been immersed in making arts & culture accessible for over forty years – first as a journalist specialising in food, wine & the arts, later Media Director of The Australian Ballet touring with the company and building its profile nationally and internationally. She is an experienced Arts Board Member and Events Manager who moved to Central Victoria in 2008 to establish Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios and Art-full Conversations – sharing the secrets of Movers, Shakers & Creators of Arts & Culture based on Artspeak – an initial series of Public Programs she set up for The (Victorian) Arts Centre. Melbourne. She is dedicated to help people achieve their creative potential and recently launched a campaign of Art-full Challenges to encourage people to Be Creative in tandem with the publication of her book, The Arts Apothecary – a vital prescription for health, happiness & wellbeing. 

Kate Fairley

Kate’s sector experience includes retail, construction, education & training, food & hospitality, and professional services.  Her strengths are in finance, marketing, systems, people, planning, change and project management.

Toby Aaltink


0421 392 612

Toby enjoys the opportunity, as a mentor, to empower others through effective dialogue.  Toby’s sector experience includes construction and professional services.  His strengths are in project management and counselling.  

Mike Sherry

Paradigm Partners

0418 561 891

Mike is a coach and facilitator who specialises in supporting people to be the best they can be. His broad-based sector experiences include education, learning and development, professional services, community/government, law enforcement, and energy. Strengths are in people, change, personal development, project management and communication.

The above mentors were a tremendous asset to our 2016 Business Mentoring Program which was a great success for various participants.  The program supported a diverse array of small businesses including accommodation, food & dining, health & wellbeing, agriculture, art, professional services, and garden design.

Participant Feedback
Emma Jimson

"It’s a valuable  program, which was fabulous for me and I am very happy to support it.  As far as learning goes, there is nothing better than sitting down with someone who has been there and done that."

Susan Gould

"It was a worthwhile stepping stone to move forward with our business goals.  Lee took us down a different path and got us thinking bigger than we would have.  We definitely became more organised."

Kate Coleman

"I had a great mentor and the experience gave me the confidence and momentum to put myself out there to expand and promote my business.  It was nice to meet up with other small business owners too."

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We would like to remember our 2016 program facilitator Christine Lauder who sadly passed away.  She was a great advocate for the success of small businesses and the value of mentoring and networking.  Her endeavours in running The Dressing Table were a celebration of her style and creativity and her high regard for collaboration amongst peers.

Please contact Business Kyneton if you would like to be listed on our Business Mentors page.

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