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.

“It was a pleasure to work with Nolan Partners. Their research on the brief was impressive and insightful. They listened and then produced an imaginative long list of excellent candidates. They were constantly helpful during the interviewing process and then helped effectively to land the chosen candidate. I was delighted by their reach and support.”

Donald Brydon CBE
Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Chairman of Chance to Shine, Chairman of Sage and Chairman of the Medical Research Council

“Paul Nolan, we find, is a consummate professional and we are currently using his organisation on more assignments and are very pleased with progress-to – date. We are very much enjoying working with him.”

Ralph Topping
Chairman of the Scottish Premier League and former Group Chief Executive of William Hill Plc

“Their ability to identify and attract people to a relatively unknown business provided us with shortlisted candidates from ‘A’ list strategy houses, rights holders, technology companies and broadcasters. We have since engaged Nolan Partners on another C-level mandate and look forward to maintaining our long term partnership.”

Chris Buckley
CEO, Supponor

“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

“We believe they are the number one firm in sports recruitment and would recommend them to any sports organisation to handle their senior appointments.”

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