Businessman and Author

Title: Geoff Cousins


Sitter Profile

Millionaire businessman Geoff Cousins, former Howard government adviser and prominent ad man, has a reputation as a maverick. One of Australia’s best known business and community leaders, Geoff famously drew a star-studded list of celebrities to his campaign to convince Malcolm Turnbull to reject Gunns’ $2 billion pulp mill in Tasmania. This was during the 2007 election campaign of his old confidant John Howard.

Geoff was one of the most successful advertising men of the 1980s, and was chairman of the George Patterson advertising agency. His corporate life includes a stint as CEO of Optus, in addition to positions on ten public company boards ranging from PBL to Telstra.

As well as a hugely successful business career, Geoff is a community leader and art-lover, he is the founding chair of the kids’ cancer charity Starlight Foundation and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Geoff’s crime fiction novel The Butcher Bird was published in 2007.