Leslie graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining (Class 1 Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. Upon graduation he received the Mining Engineering Program Medal from the University of Queensland for the highest cumulative GPA in the program. His undergraduate thesis was awarded the Department of Natural Resources and Mines Chief Inspector’s Award for demonstrating excellence in mine safety.
Leslie was an executive committee member of the AusIMM Southern Queensland Student Chapter (SQSC) from 2015 to 2017, fulfilling the roles of Second Year Representative, Vice-President and President of the Chapter. During this time, he played a leading role in organising the AusIMM SQSC’s local and national Mining Games from 2015 to 2017 and introduced the chapter’s first ever Mining Environmental Management event. He was a member of the organising committee of the AusIMM’s New Leaders’ Conference in 2016 and a member of the men’s team that won the 2017 National Mining Games in Melbourne. The University of Queensland subsequently awarded Leslie the F.T.M. White Prize for a high standard of character and service in student activities.
As a student, Leslie regularly volunteered at industry conferences including the AusIMM’s Underground Operators’ conference and the AusIMM Southern Queensland Branch’s Risk Masterclass.
In 2017, Leslie went on the AusIMM’s Education Endowment Fund’s (EEF) field trip to Western Australia, where he visited a range of mines and processing plants to learn more about the various operations. He was awarded the AusIMM EEF Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Scholarship in addition to a Mining Engineering Scholarship that he received from Newcrest. The University of Queensland subsequently inducted Leslie into its Future Leaders Program.
Leslie will commence a graduate position in 2018 with Glencore and intends to continue his involvement with the AusIMM.