Mary-Ellen read BA Dip (Art) Ed from Alexander Mackie College, NSW, Australia. She is a Certified Licensing Professional. At Brand Finance, Mary-Ellen is Chairman focusing on licensing, sponsorship and royalty rate related issues.
She has carried out numerous projects involving licensing and royalty rate analysis across a variety of sectors including; food and beverages, fashion and luxury brands, petrochemicals and consumer goods. With 25 years blue chip experience in intellectual property management, protection and exploitation, Mary-Ellen is an expert witness in numerous high profile trade mark disputes and is a recognised international royalty rate expert.
Prior to joining Brand Finance, Mary-Ellen was the Head of Intellectual Property and Director of Chiltern plc’s wealth management group. She was responsible for both the negotiation of the global lingerie license for Elle Macpherson Intimates and the launching the Elle Macpherson Body Products in Boots in the UK in 2005. During which, she also worked with numerous celebrities on the exploitation of their rights through licensing and endorsements.