Meet our Board

The Costa Board provides the company's vision and guidance, combined with industry skills and experience. In line with our People First philosophy, the people of the Costa Board are chosen for their character as well as their talent, experience and their demonstrated success in managing and operating a wide variety of businesses.

Since the beginning, Costa has focused on People, Passion and Performance. These three principles formed the foundation of our company, from the first retail store establishment over a century ago to the global operations we manage today.

Whether we’re growing and handling fresh produce, or developing innovative supply chains, a simple philosophy underpins everything we do: determine the consumers needs, then exceed them wherever possible.


Neil Chatfield 

Independent Non-Executive Director

MBus (Finance and Accounting), FCPA, FAICD

Neil was appointed to the board of the Company in October 2011.

Neil was appointed Chairman of Seek Ltd in 2012 (a position he still holds), having been a non-executive director since 2005. He currently also sits on the boards of Transurban Group (since 2009) and Launch Housing, a not for profit organisation.

Neil is the former chairman of Virgin Australia (2007 - 2015), and was previously a non-executive director of Whitehaven Coal (2007 - 2012), Recall Holdings  (acquired by Iron Mountain in April 2016) (2013-2016) and Grange Resources (2009 - 2014). Neil is a former Executive Director and CFO of Toll Holdings limited, a position he held for over 10 years to 2008. 

Harry Debney 
CEO and Managing Director

Harry Debney was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Costa in September 2010 and is responsible for ensuring the successful growth and performance of the business. Harry oversaw the company's successful transition from a private business to a publicly listed entity in July 2015 and is driving Costa's growth program. Prior to joining Costa, Harry spent 24 years at Visy Industries, the last 8 years as CEO for one of the world’s largest privately owned packaging and recycling companies. In this role Harry substantially grew the Visy business through acquisitions and organic growth and oversaw a progressive renewal of core manufacturing assets to ensure that Visy had the most advanced technology, and lowest cost manufacturing base in the industry.

Having previously worked as an Assistant General Manager for Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Harry has a detailed knowledge and understanding of fresh produce production and distribution.

Harry has an Honours degree in Applied Science and was awarded the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Medal in 2001.

Harry is also currently a Director of and was appointed Chairman of The Yield in April 2018


Frank Costa AO
Non Executive Director 

Frank has been the proprietor of the Costa business (including predecessor holding entities) since 1959. Frank has been at the forefront of developing and building Costa into a major horticultural company for more than 50 years. Frank is a nominee director of the Costa Family Shareholders.

Frank was the President of the Geelong Football Club from 1998 - 2011. Frank is a director of numerous companies in connection with the Costa family businesses.

Kevin M. Schwartz
Non Executive Director

BSc (Accountancy)

Kevin was appointed to the board of the Company in October 2011. Kevin is a nominee of the Paine + Schwartz Partners Shareholder.

Kevin is the President and was one of the founding members of Paine + Schwartz Partners, a private equity firm, which together with its predecessor firm (Fox Paine and Company) has managed over US$3.6 billion on behalf of leading global financial institutions and investors. He has previous work experience at Fox Paine & Company, Freemont Partners, American Industrial Partners and Goldman Sachs.

Kevin currently sits on the boards of Verdesian Life Sciences and Sunrise Holdings (Delaware). He has previously been a member of the boards of Icicle Seafoods, The Stabilus Group of Companies, Seminis, Advanta, VCST Industrial Products and United American Energy.


Peter Margin 

Independent Non-Executive Director


Peter was appointed to the board of the Company in June 2015.

Peter is currently a director of Bega Cheese, PMP, Pact and Nufarm.

Peter was previously a director of Ricegrowers, the Chief Executive Officer of Goodman Fielder and the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of National Foods. He also held senior management roles in Pacific Brands, East Asiatic Company, HJ Heinz Company Australia and Simplot Australia.

Janette Kendall

Independent Non-Executive Director

B.Bus (Marketing), FAICD

Janette has held various senior management roles in her career including Senior Vice President of Marketing at Galaxy Entertainment Group in Macau, China; Executive General Manager of Marketing at Crown Melbourne; General Manager, Pacific Brands; Managing Director of emitch Limited; and Managing Director of Clemenger Digital and Clemenger Proximity. 

Janette is currently a non-executive director of Wellcom Group (ASX: WLL), The Melbourne Theatre Company, Nine Entertainment Company and Vicinity Centres.

Janette was appointed by the directors as an additional non- executive director effective as of 11th October 2016.

Tim Goldsmith

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tim has extensive corporate experience gained from over three decades of working in Australia and internationally. 

He holds a BA (Hons) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Tim is currently President and CEO of Rincon Ltd, an unlisted mine development company, and Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed companies Hazer Group Ltd and Angel Seafood Holdings Ltd. Mr Goldsmith previously worked as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for over 20 years, which included leading PwC’s National China desk.

Having been very active in the Chinese marketplace, Tim has facilitated Chinese foreign investment into Australian mining assets.  He also held a role as Director of the Australia China Business Council and has a strong understanding of the Chinese business culture.