Australian community leader, businessman, environmental activist and writer
As an environmental activist Geoff is best known for his successful campaigns to stop the Gunns pulp mill in Tasmania and the proposed Woodside gas hub in the Kimberley. His interventions were pivotal in raising public and business awareness of the risks and dangers of both proposed projects.
Geoff’s many achievements include leading the George Patterson Company while it was Australia’s largest advertising agency, and overseeing the building of the Optus network. He has served on many public company boards, founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Australia and was founding chairman of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and former director of the Sydney Theatre Company.
In 2014, he was awarded an Order of Australia for his service to the community. Amongst many other activities, Geoffrey Cousins is a published novelist and was formerly a consultant to the Prime Minister of Australia.