Our People

John Cookson, Head Office IP

John Cookson

John has gained significant experience as a branded business developer having worked across a broad range of industries within Australia and internationally.

He was formally Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company Australia, Vice President Asia Pacific and GM and Vice President for Disney Travel Products.

He was CEO Australia for America Online and has developed his own branded business operations. Early experience was gained with corporations in the retail, mall development, franchising and group buying & marketing areas.

He has worked in and with clients in the entertainment, publishing, building products, automotive, home furnishings, apparel, accessories, fragrance, personal care products, education and others. John has developed and led cross discipline teams of finance, legal, production and marketing professionals for numerous assignments. He has created successful business distribution networks through traditional wholesale/retail channels, online, direct and duty & tax free within Australia and across borders.

John qualified as Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow Australian Marketing Institute and completed a Masters in Convergent Media with Distinction.

Cedric Astor

Cedric has significant practical experience in the IP field, including deal structuring, contract negotiations, royalty accounting and royalty auditing. His experience encompasses master licensing, product licensing and joint ventures.

After a period with KPMG Cedric moved into royalty auditing with CBS and subsequently held senior regional financial management and business development  positions with Philip Morris International, Disney Consumer Products and Polo Ralph Lauren, in Asia  and Europe, gaining broad exposure to IP licensing, product sourcing and Joint Venture negotiations, as well as formulating and implementing market entry strategies for many new markets.

Cedric holds an MA from Cambridge and is fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Elizabeth Faker
Social Media & Promotion

Elizabeth has worked with leading media companies within Australia including Pacific Publications, Showtime Subscriber TV, Paramount Studios, Hoyts, several leading retail brands and national healthcare organisations. She has developed extensive launch campaigns for many new product launches, trained and taught comtemporary media management. She holds a BA Communications Studies – marketing major and distinction.


Legal: Leading Patent, Trademark and Copyright experts with extensive network of international offices.

Finance: Accounts management to international structures.

Insurance: Leading advisors for insurance cover and client side representation.

Creative: Wide ranging resources and experience across traditional and digital crafts of illustration, design, writing, gaming and integration.

ICT: Information & Communication Technologies ranging across CRM, online education, 2 and 3 screen production.

Your next step, let’s talk.

If you’ve got an idea that you think can make you money – we can help you in countless ways – as we’ll be happy to demonstrate in person.

Call John Cookson on + 61 418 220 437