Growth Mentor brings together an experienced team of SME business owners who have spent years successfully building growth businesses. Our system has been developed from deep experience of working with, mentoring and researching hundreds of growth SME businesses.

The Growth Mentor Team

GrowthMentor Hugo LeMessurier

Hugo LeMessurier – Director (SA)

Hugo is an experienced entrepreneurial business leader who specialises in building sustainable growth businesses. He has 20 years experience at CEO, Director and senior management levels in start-up, listed and multinational organisations in the USA, EU and Australia.

Hugo has founded and directed a number of private and listed Australian companies in the food and beverage, biotechnology, manufacturing, ITC training, mentoring, accommodation and service industries. He has held advisory roles with AusIndustry grant programs and mentored over 50 growth businesses. Hugo has assisted companies in South Australia to access over $20m in government grant funding and raising over $25m in private equity.

Hugo is Managing Director of LeMessurier Solutions, Director of Calpain Pty Ltd, Director of Growth Mentor Pty Ltd, Director of Axxos Pty Ltd, a member of the University of Adelaide Commercial Accelerator Scheme and Commercial Opportunity Panel and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

GrowthMentot John Hemphil

John Hemphill, Director

An engineer, economist and Duntroon graduate, John served in the Australian Army before becoming an Australian Trade Commissioner in 1972.

Following four international postings, he helped establish Austrade, and was a direct report in that organisation. In 1991 he set up a company to assist high growth companies, co-founded Pyksis in 2003, and delivered very successful regional technology commercialisation programs across regional Victoria and in the ACT and Riverina. He has also delivered strategic learning programs to over 250 ITC SMEs for the SA Government. He founded Axxos in January 2009 and co-founded GrowthMentor in 2013.


Stephen Newman, Director

Stephen is a management professional who has held a variety of senior management positions over the last twenty years. These positions include supervisor, Human Resources Manager, Operations Manager, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Stephen is currently a director of a number of private companies.

Stephen has experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and has led remuneration and risk management committees. He holds an advanced Diploma of Business Management and is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Management, is an accredited facilitator and accredited Leadership Coach.

GrowthMentor David Gemmell

David Gemmell – Director

Following wide management and entrepreneurial experience, David ran the very successful Austrade International Trade Expansion Scheme between 1993 and 1997 and then became the co-founder of Venture Capital Partners.

VCP has successfully run a $30m fund in Australia and established funds in Samoa and Fiji. VCP has also assisted Government with the establishment of such schemes as the EFIC Working Capital Guarantee and the AusIndustry R&D Concessional Loan Scheme. David has also advised AusAID on the management of its Enterprise Challenge Fund. He has been a director of over 30 companies.