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Shop Direct's Neil Mitchell and Sainsbury's Clare Barton both welcomed to panel.

ToyNews Retail Advisory Board sees a 2014 reshuffle

ToyNews has welcomed two new faces to its Retail Advisory Board this month.

Sainsbury’s buying manager of toys, Tom Folliot and Morrisons’ Marc Dean are both moving away from the toy industry. ToyNews thanks the pair for their contributions and wishes them all the luck with their future endeavors.

Comprised of some of the UK’s leading toy retailers, the monthly Retail Advisory Board is now joined by Sainsbury’s new buying manager for toys, Clare Barton and ShopDirect’s toy buyer, Neil Mitchell (pictured).

Barton will offer insight into the toy industry, gained from experience spanning a 20-year career in retail buying, including roles with Early Learning Centre, Littlewoods and ShopDirect.

Meanwhile, Mitchell joined Littlewoods Home Shopping in 2001. He has held various roles within the toy buying sector including with JD Williams and now ShopDirect. He will offer valued comment to the panel each month.

Finally, Toymaster’s Ian Edmunds has stepped down from the board. ToyNews thanks Edmunds for his regular and always honest contributions.

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