Golden Bear strengthens team

Award-winning toy company, Golden Bear, today announces a raft of staff changes as it continues to grow at lightning speed

Written by Mark Naish

Posted 12.07.2021 | Business

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As the company prepares to wave a fond farewell to Sales Director Julie Taylor, who is moving to a new position elsewhere, Becky Matthews will take up the newly created role of UK Sales & Marketing Director. Becky has been Senior National Account Manager in the business and combines that with heading up the internal Digital Marketing team. Becky also leads the team that successfully delivered Golden Bear’s virtual Toy Fair platform. She steps into her new role formally from 01 October, after working side-by-side with Julie to hand over before her departure at the end of September. Becky will be ably supported by longstanding Senior National Account Manager, Michelle Fox to service the main national accounts.


In another change on the sales side, Claire Vernon and her International Sales team will report directly into Managing Director, Barry Hughes to reflect the continued growth of international sales within the business.

In addition, Becs Henchey is being promoted to Product and Innovation Director, after joining the company last year as Senior Creative Development Manager. Golden Bear is also currently recruiting for a Senior Brand Manager, Marketing Manager, an EMEA Account Manager amongst other roles. 

Barry Hughes, Managing Director, Golden Bear comments, “Julie has been a very valued member of the Golden Bear team for more than 20 years, I thank her for her unrelenting hard work and we all wish her the very best in her new role. I’m delighted to see Becky step up to her new position as UK Sales & Marketing Director, after an incredibly impressive career with us so far. And it’s exciting to see Becs also develop even further within our company, after a year that’s seen her impress the team with her creative, product development and commercial acumen. The business is continuing to build on last year’s growth and I’m keen to ensure we have the very best talent at every level. We’re evolving the team with new positions which are currently being advertised, and I look forward to welcoming yet more expertise into Golden Bear, to help drive our success both in the UK and internationally even further.”

For further details of all current vacancies at Golden Bear, please visit https://www.goldenbeartoys.com/join-our-team

For all Golden Bear sales enquiries, please contact customerservices@goldenbeartoys.co.uk.

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