The people behind goFARM

goFARM is a hands-on, outcome-focused team, driven by our purpose to benefit the communities in which we invest, work and live.

Our story began in 2013, with founder Liam Lenaghan and a team of just three.

Since then, our team has expanded to 100 staff at goFARM, mainly positioned in regional and rural communities within goFARM’s current investment projects.

Investment led by a passion for farming.

goFARM’s Directors hold multigenerational connections with Australian agriculture. Liam Lenaghan (founder) is 7th generation in the agricultural sector, Robert Costa is co-founder of ASX-listed Costa Group, Liza Whitmore is CEO of Costa Asset Management, and John Maher is the former Managing Director of RuralCo Holdings.

Our Directors

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

Liza is Chief Executive Officer of Costa Asset Management (‘CAM’) 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. Her experience includes investment strategy, financial management, accounting and finance.

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

John has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive and director across several publicly listed and private companies, predominately in the agricultural sector. John currently serves as a Director on a number of Boards including Australian Wool Network Food and Fibre Holdings, Murray River Organics (ASX), and Agribusiness Australia. John is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive of the ASX listed rural services company Ruralco Holdings Ltd (acquired by Nutrien).

Over the past 20 years, Liam has developed a mix of agricultural capabilities, agricultural market insight, commercial & transactional experience, and financial expertise. Liam has worked in the areas of applied research and extension, agronomy, farm management consultancy and leading private investment in Australian agricultural industries for several leading Investment Firms prior to commencing goFARM Australia. Liam and the goFARM team have delivered investment-grade opportunities and ongoing management on more than 70,000ha of land across NSW, VIC, SA and TAS.

Prior to establishing goFARM, Liam was director of DRAPAC Agricultural and General Manager Agribusiness at Warakirri Asset Management.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons.) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.

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

Liza is Chief Executive Officer of Costa Asset Management (‘CAM’) 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. Her experience includes investment strategy, financial management, accounting and finance.

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

John has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive and director across several publicly listed and private companies, predominately in the agricultural sector. John currently serves as a Director on a number of Boards including Australian Wool Network Food and Fibre Holdings, Murray River Organics (ASX), and Agribusiness Australia. John is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive of the ASX listed rural services company Ruralco Holdings Ltd (acquired by Nutrien).

Over the past 20 years, Liam has developed a mix of agricultural capabilities, agricultural market insight, commercial & transactional experience, and financial expertise. Liam has worked in the areas of applied research and extension, agronomy, farm management consultancy and leading private investment in Australian agricultural industries for several leading Investment Firms prior to commencing goFARM Australia. Liam and the goFARM team have delivered investment-grade opportunities and ongoing management on more than 70,000ha of land across NSW, VIC, SA and TAS.

Prior to establishing goFARM, Liam was director of DRAPAC Agricultural and General Manager Agribusiness at Warakirri Asset Management.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons.) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.

Our Team

Richard leads finance, people and business management for goFARM. His career has covered the agricultural, finance and investment sectors with extensive transactional, operational and leadership experience over a 20-year period. His 12 years at Rabobank Australia specialised in food and agribusiness banking across all agricultural related industries, with prior investment management roles with Schroders Investment Management in London and the Commonwealth Bank in Sydney.

Richard is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment and a Bachelor of Finance and Marketing.

Rob has been managing investments in agriculture, water and private equity for domestic and international investors for the past 15 years. Rob leads research, investment management and investor relations for goFARM which focuses on identifying quality investments and capital raisings. Rob’s role prior to goFARM, was leading an Australian water investment vehicle, backed initially by a US based fund manager and then subsequently, post a buyout, for a family office consortium.

Nick leads goFARM’s “Akuna Trust”, a significant and growing investment in Victoria’s Goulburn Murray Irrigation District. Nick holds a Bachelor of Ag Science (Hons). Nick has a long history in farm management, agronomy, irrigation consultation and leadership in the agricultural sector including, prior to his commencement at goFARM, acting as General Manager Field Operations for Kagome Australia, a grower, harvester and processor of tomatoes, carrots, garlic, corn and lucerne.

With over 20 years legal experience, as General Counsel Rhonda has broad experience in commercial law in particular transactional and advisory work, ASX Listings, capital raisings and compliance across a range of industries including the agricultural sector. Rhonda brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience, in her pragmatic approach to legal advice, to assist goFARM in achieving its commercial outcomes.

Richard leads finance, people and business management for goFARM. His career has covered the agricultural, finance and investment sectors with extensive transactional, operational and leadership experience over a 20-year period. His 12 years at Rabobank Australia specialised in food and agribusiness banking across all agricultural related industries, with prior investment management roles with Schroders Investment Management in London and the Commonwealth Bank in Sydney.

Richard is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment and a Bachelor of Finance and Marketing.

Rob has been managing investments in agriculture, water and private equity for domestic and international investors for the past 15 years. Rob leads research, investment management and investor relations for goFARM which focuses on identifying quality investments and capital raisings. Rob’s role prior to goFARM, was leading an Australian water investment vehicle, backed initially by a US based fund manager and then subsequently, post a buyout, for a family office consortium.

Nick leads goFARM’s “Akuna Trust”, a significant and growing investment in Victoria’s Goulburn Murray Irrigation District. Nick holds a Bachelor of Ag Science (Hons). Nick has a long history in farm management, agronomy, irrigation consultation and leadership in the agricultural sector including, prior to his commencement at goFARM, acting as General Manager Field Operations for Kagome Australia, a grower, harvester and processor of tomatoes, carrots, garlic, corn and lucerne.

With over 20 years legal experience, as General Counsel Rhonda has broad experience in commercial law in particular transactional and advisory work, ASX Listings, capital raisings and compliance across a range of industries including the agricultural sector. Rhonda brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience, in her pragmatic approach to legal advice, to assist goFARM in achieving its commercial outcomes.

David manages goFARM’s investment portfolio and leads the investment analysis, due diligence, valuations and business case development for new opportunities. David is experienced in managing investments for High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices, as well as Separate Managed Accounts for institutional investment mandates.
David has practical farming experience, growing up on a mixed farming enterprise in the NSW Riverina. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Agribusiness.

Amanda leads the Accounts Payable and Receivable functions for goFARM Australia and our related entities. Prior to joining goFARM in 2020, Amanda gained accounts experience working in the construction industry. Accurate and methodical, Amanda prides herself on ensuring prompt processing of all accounts.

Ed leads goFARM’s in-house research activities. Before joining goFARM in 2017, Ed completed an agribusiness masters degree in the Netherlands, worked for the Australian Farm Institute (where he remains an Honorary Research Fellow), and worked in agricultural policy advocacy in Canberra.

Ed holds Master and Bachelor (Honours) degrees from the University of Melbourne, where he also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change for Primary Industries.

Joycelin is the Executive Assistant to Liam Lenaghan, Managing Director whilst also providing support to the Executive Team. Prior to her time at goFARM, Joycelin spent over fifteen years in the banking and financial services sector. She brings over eight years experience providing administrative support to executives and senior managers.

David manages goFARM’s investment portfolio and leads the investment analysis, due diligence, valuations and business case development for new opportunities. David is experienced in managing investments for High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices, as well as Separate Managed Accounts for institutional investment mandates.
David has practical farming experience, growing up on a mixed farming enterprise in the NSW Riverina. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Agribusiness.

Amanda leads the Accounts Payable and Receivable functions for goFARM Australia and our related entities. Prior to joining goFARM in 2020, Amanda gained accounts experience working in the construction industry. Accurate and methodical, Amanda prides herself on ensuring prompt processing of all accounts.

Ed leads goFARM’s in-house research activities. Before joining goFARM in 2017, Ed completed an agribusiness masters degree in the Netherlands, worked for the Australian Farm Institute (where he remains an Honorary Research Fellow), and worked in agricultural policy advocacy in Canberra.

Ed holds Master and Bachelor (Honours) degrees from the University of Melbourne, where he also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change for Primary Industries.

Joycelin is the Executive Assistant to Liam Lenaghan, Managing Director whilst also providing support to the Executive Team. Prior to her time at goFARM, Joycelin spent over fifteen years in the banking and financial services sector. She brings over eight years experience providing administrative support to executives and senior managers.

Vanessa is the Business Manager of People and Technology. Multi industry experience in business administration, Vanessa commenced with goFARM in 2017 as office manager where her role has developed into managing the human resources and technology for goFARM. Vanessa supports the continuous improvement and development of the business policies & procedures, staff administration, and technology, whilst leading much of goFARMs Business Continuity.

Nick joined goFARM in January 2019 bringing over 10 years of experience from roles at the major accounting firms and industry accounting roles. Nick is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, holds a Masters of Accountancy and Control (Cum Laude) from the University of Amsterdam and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Sarah Grant joined the goFARM Team as Investment Administrator in August 2020. Sarah is an experienced Administrator with over 10 years’ experience in various administration roles and is motivated to help organisations meet targets and achieve their goals.

Joe commenced with goFARM in July 2019 and is a member of goFARM’s Farmlands Development Team which carries out the on-ground execution of goFARM’s investment strategies. Joe holds strong practical farming experience growing up on a broadacre property in southern NSW. Joe has combined this practical experience with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Vanessa is the Business Manager of People and Technology. Multi industry experience in business administration, Vanessa commenced with goFARM in 2017 as office manager where her role has developed into managing the human resources and technology for goFARM. Vanessa supports the continuous improvement and development of the business policies & procedures, staff administration, and technology, whilst leading much of goFARMs Business Continuity.

Nick joined goFARM in January 2019 bringing over 10 years of experience from roles at the major accounting firms and industry accounting roles. Nick is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, holds a Masters of Accountancy and Control (Cum Laude) from the University of Amsterdam and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Sarah Grant joined the goFARM Team as Investment Administrator in August 2020. Sarah is an experienced Administrator with over 10 years’ experience in various administration roles and is motivated to help organisations meet targets and achieve their goals.

Joe commenced with goFARM in July 2019 and is a member of goFARM’s Farmlands Development Team which carries out the on-ground execution of goFARM’s investment strategies. Joe holds strong practical farming experience growing up on a broadacre property in southern NSW. Joe has combined this practical experience with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Gavin works within goFARM’s Farmlands Development Team as Local Area Manager focussed on goFARMs farming assets in northern Victoria and NSW Riverina. Gavin has strong agricultural knowledge being a fourth generation farmer operating a mixed farming operation producing prime lambs, wool and grain at Kyalite, NSW.

Anna is an Investment and Research Analyst, with her role focused on generating investment insights for the business. Anna graduated from the University of Melbourne with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (major in Economics) in 2020.

Phoebe provides commercial and practical legal solutions to the goFARM business, drawing on experience gained from over 15 years in corporate and commercial law. Prior to working with goFARM, Phoebe held both private and inhouse roles in various industries including automotive and telecommunications, advising on complex transactions and regulatory compliance. Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Masters of Science (International Public Policy).

Lisa is a Paralegal and a member of the Legal Team, working closely with Rhonda Arnott and Phoebe Doolette. Lisa has spent over 30 years in various law firms, working primarily in commercial transactions and is highly experienced in providing corporate secretarial and administrative support to senior legal counsel and the broader goFARM team.

Gavin works within goFARM’s Farmlands Development Team as Local Area Manager focussed on goFARMs farming assets in northern Victoria and NSW Riverina. Gavin has strong agricultural knowledge being a fourth generation farmer operating a mixed farming operation producing prime lambs, wool and grain at Kyalite, NSW.

Anna is an Investment and Research Analyst, with her role focused on generating investment insights for the business. Anna graduated from the University of Melbourne with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (major in Economics) in 2020.

Phoebe provides commercial and practical legal solutions to the goFARM business, drawing on experience gained from over 15 years in corporate and commercial law. Prior to working with goFARM, Phoebe held both private and inhouse roles in various industries including automotive and telecommunications, advising on complex transactions and regulatory compliance. Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Masters of Science (International Public Policy).

Lisa is a Paralegal and a member of the Legal Team, working closely with Rhonda Arnott and Phoebe Doolette. Lisa has spent over 30 years in various law firms, working primarily in commercial transactions and is highly experienced in providing corporate secretarial and administrative support to senior legal counsel and the broader goFARM team.