Our People

Board

Robert Costa

Chairman

Co-founder of the Australia’s largest grower and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables, Robert has extensive experience in the commercial aspects of the horticultural industry. Throughout the development years of the Costa Group, Robert managed the Group’s asset base and liquidity. This experience formed a strong knowledge base for his current position as Chairman of Costa Asset Management.

Liza Whitmore

Director/CEO

Liza is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Costa Asset Management and has been leading CAM since 2011. Previously she held a senior management role with the Costa Group having begun working with the Costa Family in 2002.  Liza is responsible for leading the investment strategy, managing the rapid growth of the business and engaging with our partners to achieve the highest results.

Liza also serves as a non-executive director on the boards of CAM’s partner companies and the Anthony Costa Foundation.

Liza is a member of CPA Australia, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has a Graduate Certificate in Accounting.

Rhonda Arnott

Director/General Counsel

Rhonda joined the Board of Costa Asset Management in 2013, after providing legal advice to the Costa family for the 10 years prior, whilst the commercial partner in charge of corporate advisory and M&A division of B2B Lawyers, a boutique Melbourne legal firm. Rhonda now holds the position of General Counsel to CAM and provides advice in relation to all aspects of CAMs’ business including, loan and security arrangements, investment in joint ventures, divestment of assets including the IPO of Vitalharvest Freehold Trust.

Rhonda is also the Chair of the Anthony Costa Foundation, the family’s private charitable ancillary fund, which aims to make a positive impact in the communities where the Costa family lives and works.

Elaine Costa

Director

Elaine has played an integral role in the many stages of the Costa business over the decades. During this time, Elaine has sat on several boards within the Group, assuming various portfolio responsibilities.

Elaine’s role contributed significantly to the successful float of the Costa Group and the formation of Costa Asset Management Pty Ltd, where she is now a major shareholder and director.

Gary Meadows

Director

Gary has over 50 years’ experience working in the horticulture and logistics industries. As a teenager, he started working with Costa’s from their humble beginnings as a fruit shop in Geelong. Gary proved a key driver in the expansion of the Company’s operations from that point to the nation-wide network it has become. As General Manager, Gary was responsible for the establishment and subsequent business operations of all the Company’s branches.

In his role as director of CAM Gary brings all his experience to bear to ensure the Group selects the best assets and that they are managed effectively to deliver optimal returns.

David Costa

Director

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree David spent five years in the field of accounting and finance. With this grounding David joined the family business and over the following 18 years he assumed a broad range of responsibilities throughout the organisation which ensure him a solid grounding in management and marketing.

One of David’s major achievements was his pivotal role in the development of the truss tomato industry, working from his then base at the Guyra Tomato Glasshouse which is a state of the art facility.

Amanda Costa

Director

Amanda is an entrepreneur who built her own e-commerce business from the ground up and has been managing since inception. Her experience includes accounting, marketing and HR management.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specialising in Accounting and Commercial Law.

Executive

Todd Devine

General Manager – Property

Todd holds a Bachelor Business (Property) and is a Certified Practicing Valuer. He has amassed a wealth of experience in the property sector as a Valuer, Agent, Advisor and Consultant.
Since joining Costa Asset Management in 2012 his team has independently and via strategic partnerships been involved in delivering a range of commercial and residential apartment, townhouse and land projects. The Costa Asset Management Team also manages a portfolio of over 20 commercial properties.

Todd is an active member of the Geelong Community, being a board member of Give Where You Live and Gforce whilst he is also President of St Josephs Football and Netball Club.

Ryan Illingworth

General Manager – Investments

Ryan joined CAM in 2018 and is responsible for the management of CAM’s investment portfolio including CAM’s listed equities, funding facilities private equity and venture capital investments. Prior to joining CAM Ryan spent over ten years in professional services specialising in corporate finance. He has significant valuations experience and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of acquisitions, divestments, and capital market transactions on both buy and sell side.

Ryan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

Charles Condro

Financial Controller

Charles is a qualified CA who has extensive experience within the Accounting & Finance domain. Knowledge has been gained within the Audit, Business Services, Agriculture and Investment Industries. He joined CAM in November 2012 and is responsible for the CAM Finance Team overseeing the financial administration, reporting and accounting compliance of the business.