Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award

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.

2023 Rising Star

                        Pippa Skinner                        


Pippa Skinner started at Headstart after attaining a Batchelor degree in Marketing/Communications at Bond University. She began her career at Headstart in the marketing team managing a small brand portfolio and has worked very hard on growing many Headstart owned and distributed brands. Pippa or Pip, as her colleagues call her, helped bring to market the first 100% recycled plush brand introduced in the toy industry, “Resoftables”. This brand is now sold widely throughout the world including Walmart in the USA. She was also heavily involved in marketing Ooshies in the US and Australia. Ooshies is now a household name!

She is truly passionate about this business and the Toy Industry and her strong desire to achieve success along with hard work, flexibilty and dedication have put her in a position where she is now managing the marketing team. Her progress through the journey has been a natural progression as she developed her leadership qualities.