ToyNews Women of the Year Awards 2016: The finalists revealed

The finalists for this year’s ToyNews Women of the Year Awards, in association with Women In Toys, have been announced – celebrating the achievements of women across PR, marketing, design, retail and the wider toy and game landscape.

The shortlist, found below, will now be passed to a panel of judges who will decide the winners in each category.

The event is taking place at London’s Soho Hotel on July 21st, 2016. Click here to book tickets to the Awards.

For sponsorship enquires, please email Brenda Normile at

And to all our finalists, good luck!

ToyNews Women of the Year Awards 2016 Finalists

Rising Star of the Year 2016

Lianne Barber – The Entertainer
Rachel Beckett – Mattel UK
Hannah Beeching – Coiledspring Games
Becca Hanlon – Re:creation
Ellie Start – Generation Media
Michaella Williams – Generation Media
Nicole Worboys – Highlight PR

PR & Communications Woman of the Year 2016

Jessica Cook – Highlight PR
Selina Dangerfield – Norton & Co
Ane Olesen – Wire PR
Julie Pittilla – Pittilla PR
Marie Shields – Arklu
Lesley Singleton – Playtime PR
Fran Slager – Carousel PR

Inventor/Designer of the Year 2016

Kim Culmone – Mattel
Ruth Elliot – Big Ideas
Gillian Logan – Skinny Sketcher
Rena Nathanson – Bananagrams
Jacqui Tobias – Moose Toys

Marketeer of the Year 2016

Lindsay Hardy – Trends UK
Michelle Lilley – MGA Entertainment
Kirsty MacKenzie – GP Flair
Rebecca Naish – The Entertainer
Louisa Parast – Hasbro UK
Katherine Pierce – Golden Bear
Debra Tiffany – Brainstorm Toys

Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Natasha Crookes – BTHA
Lindsay Hardy – Trends UK
Christine Nicholls – Golden Bear
Foye Pascoe – Hasbro
Julie Pittilla – Pittilla PR
Judith Stark – Halilit
Helene Vernis – Learning Resources

Woman of the Year 2016
The Woman of the Year Award recognises the achievements of one woman in the toy industry who has gone above and beyond in their commitment to having a positive impact upon the world of toys in the last 12 months. The finalists for this one are remaining under wraps, but all those featured in this year’s Women of the Year list (revealed in the July issue of ToyNews – out on June 30th) will be in consideration.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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