ATA Rising Star Award

In 2017, The Australian Toy Association (ATA) announced the introduction of a prestigious new Award the ATA Rising Star Award.


The Award was created with the intention of recognising and celebrating the industry's bright young stars who are making a name for themselves in Australia and around the world.

The award is judged by a panel of independent judges and nominations must be based on individual's, aged 35 or under, who have 10 years or less experience in the industry. This can include their leadership, impact on a business' culture, significant achievements or any other factor a nominee deems significant.

To view all previous Rising Star winners click here.

2021 Rising Star

Brea Brand - Connetix Tiles

 Brea Brand

Brea has genuine concern and interest in everyone as an individual, regularly following up on their personal well-being, validating contributions and encouraging development, Brea fosters a culture where our employees and business associates alike feel a part of our business family.

As a mother and teacher, Brea holds our business and the products we create against her personal standards. With every stage of product development - from idea conception, design to production and distribution, she critically assesses whether we are living up to the standards of product that she would desire and appreciate in her own home and classroom. 


2021 Rising Star

Andrew McCosker - U. Games Australia


Andrew McCosker - colour

Andrew has been employed by U. Games Australia for over 15 years. Having started in logistics, before moving into Product & Marketing, then Sales, and most recently being promoted to Managing Director in 2020. In his first year as Managing Director, Andrew has facilitated significant growth of over 25% in revenue.

He has always contributed to the friendly, ‘can do’ culture at U. Games Australia. As Managing Director he continues his always present support of all departments and a company culture that is more about family than co-workers.