Robert brings a wealth of knowledge to goFARM across all aspects of agribusiness. Robert’s passion for agriculture combined with his business expertise, strongly align with goFARM’s values.
Robert has extensive experience in the horticultural industry having co-founded Australia’s largest grower and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables. Through the formative years of the business, Robert had responsibility for management at the Group level of the company’s asset base and balance sheet, including working capital, liquidity and cash flow. A major focus of Robert’s activities is the continuous development of the business, in line with both Australian and world horticultural standards.
Robert’s company, Costa Asset Management, is a private investment house. Its activities focus on growing, managing and sustaining capital by delivering positive risk-adjusted returns. Costa Asset Management owns a variety of assets including a large scale, high performing agribusiness portfolio of productive land, glasshouse, and water and associated assets across Australia. In addition, Costa Asset Management is invested heavily in commercial property and property development.
Robert is also Chairman of Costa Asset Management Pty Ltd and Chairman of Unigrain Pty Ltd.
Robert also holds several community appointments including Chairman of Global Reconciliation Pty Ltd, Chairman of Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (Federal govt. auspice) and Director of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust (State govt. auspice).
Robert formerly held the office of the Mayor of City Geelong West and was Chairman of Geelong Area Consultative Committee (Federal govt. auspice).
Passionate about the business of agriculture, Liam’s career has progressed from applied research and extension, through to agronomy and farm management consultancy and on to leading private and institutional investment in Australian agricultural industries.
Over the past 20 years, Liam has developed a rare mix of agricultural capabilities, agricultural market insight, transactional experience and financial expertise. He is recognised as a strategic thinker who is capable of identifying and executing investment-grade opportunities whilst being critically attuned to the optimisation or risk and reward.
Liam has built a reputation as an astute agricultural investor and manager.
Since establishing goFARM, Liam and his team have acquired and commenced development across a prime agricultural landbank in excess of 23,000 hectares.