Trade body also unveils 2020 UK Young Professionals Network committee.
Licensing International held its annual UK Winter Warmer event – sponsored by HKTDC and Flowhaven – at the Ivy Club last night, attended by over 70 licensing executives.
At the event, the new members of the 2020 Young Professionals Network committee were also unveiled, while the outgoing members of the 2019 committee were honoured.
The YPN committee is responsible for organising events and opportunities throughout the year specifically designed for professionals at the early stages of their licensing career.
The new 2020 YPN committee will be chaired by Licensing International UK’s marketing and operations manager Ryan Beaird and include Samuel Byard, product development manager at SEGA Europe; Karina Rhoden, junior category manager at Smiley Company; Laura Lane, founder of My Icon Story and Licensing International’s 2019 UK Rising Star; and Abbie Burrows, licensing coordinator at NBCUniversal.
The 2019 committee – Tasmyn Knight (Warner Bros.), Alexandra Salisbury (Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products) and Louisa Skevington (Rocket Licensing) – were responsible for a series of successful events throughout the year, including a Retail Speed Networking event in the summer at Coca-Cola’s London office and later in the year a Heritage Licensing Presentation at the V&A museum which included a VIP Christian Dior Exhibition viewing for the young professionals.
Ryan commented: “I would like to say thanks to the outgoing committee for all their hard work and am looking forward to growing the programme further in 2020 with Sam, Karina, Abbie and Laura. We intend on putting on more events and building on this year’s programme.”