Nolan Partners was founded in 2006 to address the gap in the market for an Executive Search firm focused wholly and exclusively on working with clients in sport, entertainment and related sectors, to help them find executives for business leadership roles. Since then, we have established an unrivalled reputation across the industry in fulfilling senior executive and board level recruitment mandates in a timely and innovative manner.

From our offices in London, Los Angeles and New York, we work on an international basis, with clients that range from world famous sporting clubs, governing bodies, professional leagues, venues, agencies, broadcasters and the major corporate organisations involved in sport. We have a proven track record of not only identifying talent from within the industry, but also of bringing talent from the wider commercial world into senior business roles in sport and related industries.

Our Performance practice helps clients acquire specialist technical/performance talent such as technical and sporting directors, talent identification and scouting specialists, sports medicine and science specialists. This sits alongside our sports and entertainment practices – where we continue to find senior leaders such as chairmen, chief executives and c-suite officers – as a core part of our business.

Our business is global, working with clients from the UK, Europe, North America, Middle East, and Asia, shortlisting and placing candidates from around the world.

We believe that Nolan Partners’ track record of working collaboratively with clients is world class, as evidenced by our client testimonials, and we encourage all potential clients to ask our existing clients about the quality and value of our service. If you are in sport or a related industry and looking to fill a senior executive role or board level position, please contact us.

“Over the last two years we have worked with Nolan Partners on the appointment of a Sporting Director, a Main Board Non Executive Director and a number of other senior management appointments. We have found them extremely thorough, professional and good fun to work with.”

Paul Barber
Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and Former Non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

“As a truly international business we are delighted with our hire – a German national who was working for an Italian company, living in the UK and now happily relocated to Gibraltar. Their ability to excite potential candidates was first class and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Henry Birch
Group CEO, Rank Plc, Former CEO, William Hill Online

“The British Horseracing Authority engaged with Nolan Partners to help us find a new Chief Executive Officer and after conducting a search, Nolan Partners presented a strong long list of 11 candidates which was whittled down to a shortlist of four. The successful candidate was up against one of the highest quality Chief Executive fields I have ever come across, with a range of senior leaders from the UK business, consumer and leisure industries. One of the most difficult things was saying thank you but no to three of them. All were outstanding and the appointed Chief Executive was up against an incredibly competitive field.”

Steve Harman
Chairman, British Horseracing Authority

“It was a global search and we had 3 appointable candidates. We were delighted with the outcome and our new Chief Executive is making a real difference. Nolan Partners demonstrated expertise, knowledge and commitment throughout, and I would have no hesitation recommending them to any international sports body.”

Nigel Wood
Chairman, Rugby League International Federation, Chief Executive Officer, Rugby Football League

“The international search brought candidates from the US, Switzerland, Singapore and UK. I’ve been delighted with their partnership approach, results and tenacity in helping us secure an outstanding individual for the post.”

Chris Buckley
CEO, Supponor