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.

“I appointed Nolan Partners to assist on a challenging mandate to hire a Director of CRM to lead our teams across Gibraltar and Israel. Not only did we hire someone with the perfect skill set, they really understood the company and department culture to attract the right person, which was critical. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Colin Cole-Johnson
Director of Customer Intelligence, William Hill Plc

“Nolan Partners have been a trusted search partner and advisor to The FA for a number of years finding senior talent across the whole organisation including boardroom level, commercial, regulatory, financial, digital, technology, communications and corporate affairs.”

Alex Horne
Former General Secretary of The FA Group

“The LMA would also like to thank their specialist recruitment firm Nolan Partners for finding us such a first class candidate. Their knowledge and understanding of the football business proved to be invaluable.”

Howard Wilkinson
Chairman of the League Managers Association

“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

“Nolan Partners’ knowledge of the sports sector is unrivalled, their insight into the complexities of a sports governing body unique. We are consistently delighted with both the levels of service and quality of the candidates they present to us.”

Alex Horne
Former General Secretary of The FA Group