Functional Director assignments handled by the Nolan Partners team:

  • Technical Director – The Football Association
  • Director of Football Regulation & Administration – The Football Association
  • Sporting Director – Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
  • Sporting Director – Significant Asian Football Club
  • Director of Sport – ASPIRE Academy (Qatar)
  • Director of Sports Science – ASPIRE Academy (Qatar)
  • Performance Director – Scottish Football Association
  • Chief Operating Officer – Manchester United Foundation
  • Director of Football Operations – Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
  • Director of Football Governance & Regulation – Scottish Football Association
  • Director of Participation – Scottish Rugby
  • Director of Participation – Amateur Swimming Association (British Swimming)
  • Chief Marketing Officer – Ladbrokes plc
  • Chief Marketing Officer – City Football Group
  • Brand & Marketing Director – William Hill Group plc
  • Sales & Marketing Director (Grosvenor Casinos) – Rank Group Plc
  • Marketing Director (Mecca Bingo) – Rank Group Plc
  • Director of Communications – British Horseracing Authority
  • VP Marketing – Breeders’ Cup (New York)
  • SVP Partnership Development EMEA – Just Marketing International
  • VP Marketing Partnerships EMEA – NBA
  • Director of Commercial Partnerships – NFL (Europe)
  • Senior Director New Business EMEA – NBA
  • Group Commercial Director – The Football Association
  • Group Chief Financial Officer – The Football Association
  • Chief Financial Officer – Liverpool Football Club
  • Group Finance Director – The Jockey Club
  • Chief Finance Officer – Leicester City Football Club
  • Finance Director – Derby County Football Club
  • Finance Director – Tattersalls
  • Group Head of Marketing – Welsh Rugby Union & Millennium Stadium plc
  • Chief Commercial Officer – The Football League
  • Chief Commercial Officer – Southampton Football Club
  • Strategy and Business Development Officer – Supponor
  • Chief Commercial Officer – Leicester City Football Club
  • Commercial Director – Rugby Football League
  • Commercial Director – Scottish Professional Football League
  • International Business Development Director – Celtic Football Club
  • International Director – Great British Racing
  • Racing Director – Weatherbys
  • Retail Operations Director – William Hill Group plc
  • Operations Director – Liverpool Football Club
  • Group Director of Digital and Information Technology – The Football Association
  • Director of Mobile – William Hill Online (Gibraltar)
  • Director of CRM – William Hill Online
  • Trading Director – William Hill Group Plc
  • HR Director – British Horseracing Authority
  • HR Director – Rugby Football Union
  • HR Director – All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)
  • HR Director – Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
  • Director of Merchandise – Liverpool Football Club
  • Development Director, Betting – Racing Enterprises Ltd
  • Commercial Director – Goodwood Racecourse
  • Commercial Director – Pentathlon GB
  • Director of Events – British Olympic Association
  • Business Director, Sport – Compass Group
  • UK Marketing Director – Technogym UK
  • UK Sales Director (B2B) – Technogym UK

“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

“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

“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

“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