Advisory Board

The Licensing.biz Executive Advisory Board is made up of a group of invited professionals from all sectors of the industry - including licensors, licensees, agents and retailers.

Their role is to advise on the look and feel of the site, as well as content, to make sure we are covering exactly what - and who - the industry wants to read about.

Alan Fenwick

Vice President

Turner CN Enterprises

Responsible for growing consumer product franchises including Cartoon Network’s number one selling property Ben 10 and the award winning Turner library, Fenwick leads a team of category and retail experts in the development of business solutions for partners. 

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He utilises Turner’s kids brands such as Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito, and adult brands CNN, TCM (Turner Classic Media) and Adult Swim.

Charged with nurturing links between Turner CN Enterprises and its licensees, agents and retailers, Fenwick’s team is responsible for growing consumer product franchises around the network’s award winning library of original programming. The team’s remit has also extended to third party representation, with Turner CN Enterprises operating as licensing agent for a range of world class brand owners.

Prior to joining TCNE in April 2007, Fenwick was UK retail director at Warner Bros. Entertainment UK from 2003, where he spearheaded retail lifecycle strategies across theatrical, Warner Home Video, television, consumer products, online and mobile divisions.

Ciarán Coyle

President, Europe & Asia Pacific

Beanstalk Group

Coyle is based in Beanstalk’s London office and oversees the agency’s international licensing business across Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Since joining Beanstalk in 2002, Coyle has driven significant international growth, developing partnerships in India and Australia, and opening the Beanstalk Hong Kong office in 2009.

He has also been instrumental in developing the company’s client portfolio which now includes some of the world’s leading corporate, lifestyle and celebrity brands.

Coyle serves on the board of industry trade body LIMA and is a former member of the Advisory Board of Judge Business School (Cambridge University) and a former Chair of Cambridge Alumni Management (global network with members in 65 countries). He is also a member of the UK Institute of Directors.

Darran Garnham

Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO) / Chief Licensing Officer (CLO)

Mind Candy

Garnham is in charge of developing and implementing Mind Candy’s global licensing, entertainment and retail strategy.

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He has worked with Mind Candy since 2009, joining to open the door to physical products and retail for the Mind Candy digital IP and growing the brand to be the number one in the market with retail sales in excess of $400m.  

In the past three years, Garnham has been responsible for monetising offline products, branching into animation, managing internal and external teams in US, Europe, Australasia and Asia. He is a member of the six-strong management team on overall business strategy and direction.

Areas of expertise centre around brand development, launching products, building market share, creating global distribution networks global offline expansion of Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters brand and is an expert in International product distribution and manufacturing opportunities.

Prior to Mind Candy, he was responsible for establishing and managing a network of offices throughout 22 countries in Eastern Europe & CIS overseeing a portfolio of licensing rights for brands including LEGO, BBC Worldwide, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount and DreamWorks.

Ian Downes

Managing Director

Start Licensing

Downes founded Start Licensing in 2003 and the agency is now well established in the UK licensing market. It represents a mixture of classic and brand properties. 

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Prior to establishing Start Licensing, he was group managing director of Fox Kids Europe Consumer Products division overseeing international offices and licensing programmes. Prior to that he held a number of positions at CPLG including European sales manager and set up CPLG’s Brand Licensing division.

Currently he works on brands such as Tango , Robinson’s Fruit Squashes , Fruit Shoot, The Beano  Pot Noodle, Bovril and PG Tips. Start hsdeveloped licensing deals in a number of new categories for their clients and Downes is particularly interested in seeing how licensing can grow into new product categories. He acts as the Chairman of judges for the Retail Awards at The Licensing Awards and is Secretary for The Light Fund, the UK licensing industry’s charitable fund.

Mark Kingston

GM and SVP

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products Europe, Middle East, Africa & Australia

Since 2011, Kingston has been responsible for licensing programmes in the UK, Australia, Israel and parts of Eastern Europe, as well as NVCP’s pan-European retail strategy working in close collaboration with local VIMN channel operations and category heads.

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In 2013, Kingston’s role expanded to include oversight of VIMN consumer products in all of Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa to more deeply align consumer products teams in order to driver greater efficiencies, and value for local, pan-regional and global partners.

Kingston joined NVCP in 2011 from The Walt Disney Company, where he served as business unit director, responsible for all aspects of the licensed and vertical business at UK supermarket chain Tesco, while managing a team of 15 sales, marketing, retail planning and product development professionals. Prior to Disney, he worked at BBC Worldwide, and began his career at Masterfoods.

Paul Bufton

General Manager

Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK

In his role at WBCP UK, Bufton is responsible for creating and executing integrated licensing strategies and working with all key areas of the business including Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA and the theatrical, home video, television and interactive divisions. 

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Additionally, he is tasked with expanding links between WBCP and its licensee, retailers and parent companies.

Prior to joining WBCP in September 2008, Bufton established a reputation for delivering strategic marketing and financial goals on high profile projects for Fisher-Price, where he spent three years as director of Fisher-Price Consumer Products Europe. He has also held roles at The LEGO Company and CPLG, where he served as head of European marketing and licensing for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise.

Peter Byrne

CEO

CPLG

Byrne has over 30 years experience in the worldwide consumer products business having worked as manufacturer, licensor, licensing agent and run his own brand licensing consultancy with clients such as Aardman, Guinness World Records and Jazeera Children’s Channel.

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Before taking the reigns as CEO of CPLG in February 2013, Byrne used to run the worldwide consumer products division of Hit Entertainment. Prior to that he was the worldwide EVP of Fox Consumer Products. Byrne started his career in the toy business with Kenner and Matchbox, and then in apparel with Fruit of the Loom and Sara Lee.

He brings a wealth of practical experience to the board coupled with a great deal of expert common sense.

Richard Haines

Acquisitions and New Business Manager

Penguin

After a degree in Media and Film, Haines started his publishing career in the marketing department at HarperCollins Children's Books before moving into a licensing role working on brands including Dr. Seuss, One Direction and Hello Kitty. 

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He joined Penguin in early 2012 and is now acquisitions and new business manager. Current brands include Moshi Monsters, Skylanders, Angry Birds and Peppa Pig. He is also responsible for the acquisition and development of IP.