Expert management is key to our success

SPAR Australia has a highly experienced management team, most of whom have occupied previous top level roles within the industry, both in independent retail and major companies. 

Lou Jardin
Managing Director

Lou Jardin was appointed Managing Director of SPAR Australia in December 2010. Lou was the Chief Executive Officer of IGA Distribution for Metcash from 2000 to 2010. He has nearly 40 years Industry experience including owning and operating independent supermarkets and holding senior positions within a chain store environment, as well as warehouse and distribution operations. He held a senior position with Coles Myer for 11 years before joining Metcash in 1997 as the National Manager of Company owned stores. In 1998, Lou moved to Queensland as the State General Manager until May 2000. His relationship with SPAR started early on with his family owning SPAR Supermarkets in South Africa. Lou owned his first SPAR store at the age of 19.    

John Costanzo
General Manager - Business Development & Retail Operations

John Costanzo is a 4th generation retailer and has wide ranging experience in the grocery industry. Over the last ten years he has held various senior positions with supermarket groups including Senior Property Development Manager. Prior to this, John owned his own store and in his own words was ‘born & raised behind the counter’.


Colin Dwyer
National Merchandise Manager

Colin Dwyer was appointed National Merchandise Manager in June 2013. He was previously the Corporate Brand Manager for Fabulous from 2012. Prior to joining SPAR Australia, Colin held various roles in the Sales sector. He has vast experience in the buying role and has gained a lot of his work experience both in Australia and internationally.


Ian Sharples  
General Manager Warehouse & Logistics 

Ian Sharples was appointed General Manager Warehouse & Logistics in March 2013 after various roles in the Merchandise side of the business. Ian has extensive retail experience after running a multi-site franchised retail operation in New Zealand for 10 years. Ian is a passionate Retailer after gaining extensive change management and operational experience as a training and management pilot with Ansett Australia.


Angela Farrar-Tilley
Chief Shared Services Officer

Angela Farrer-Tilley joined SPAR in January 2012. Prior to 2012, Angela worked in many industries during her 20 years as a business consultant, specialising in supply chain and finance and has developed a strong business acumen. Angel'a diverse background allows her to focus on business process re-engineering, increasing productivity and driving sales. Currently, Angela manages IT, Finance and Customer Service.


Nick Koutsis
General Manager  – Retail Technology

Nick joined SPAR in April 2011 and comes to us with a lifetime of retail grocery experience with his family owning Retail grocery businesses for many years. Nick’s experience ranges from owning his own stores to recently holding the title of Operations Manager with a major player in the Grocery POS system arena, and Technology Manager with another Independent banner for many years. Nick specializes in Retail Technology to our Retailer stores ensuring that our Retailers are maximizing their POS systems for maintaining and increasing margin management as well as keeping up with the latest technology available.