A strong relationship with our client is at the heart of every successful Executive Search. So we make things personal. Our team takes the time to understand individual client requirements to help identify the skill set and personal qualities necessary for a candidate to succeed in their role. We then use our in-house research capability and specialist sector knowledge to find them.

This partnership approach is amplified further by:

  • Extensive experience across sport and related sectors such as media & entertainment.
  • The breadth and depth of our networks, supported by our well known and respected brand.
  • An exceptional track record of success.
  • An in depth understanding of sport and related industries.
  • International reach.
  • Robust candidate assessment and evaluation.
  • A passion to get it right.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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