“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.”

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Howard Wilkinson
Chairman of the League Managers Association

“Nolan Partners recently completed an international search to discover a Chief Executive for the Rugby League International Federation. As a critical appointment in the evolution of our organisation, we wanted to investigate a range of candidates with the leadership, stakeholder management and commercial skills to help take the organisation to the next level. 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. I enjoyed working with Nolan Partners who demonstrated expertise, knowledge and commitment throughout the process and I would have no hesitation recommending them to any international sports body.”

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

“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.”

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Steve Harman
Chairman, British Horseracing Authority

“We engaged Nolan partners having worked with them on several board appointments previously, to hire a new role, Director of Mobile. This was a critical role, representing the biggest growth area of the business. We required a genuine mobile guru with executive leadership experience and strategic vision but with also formal expertise in product management and development. Our long list included candidates from gaming, gambling, consultancy, banking, online, media, and mobile for consideration and we had a final shortlist of six candidates delivered within 10 weeks. As a truly international business we are delighted with our hire as Director of Mobile… a German national who was working for an Italian company, living in the UK and now happily relocated to Gibraltar! Nolan Partners’ market knowledge and ability to excite potential candidates from other sectors to get across our vision and opportunities was first class and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

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

“When I was approached by Nolan Partners for the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, I was impressed with the depth of their understanding of their client’s needs and why they thought I could bring value to the role. Throughout they were highly engaging and informative and from my point of view managed the whole process excellently. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any sports body.”

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Maurice Watkins
Non-Executive Chairman of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Non-Executive Director of the Rugby Football League, Non-Executive Director of Lancashire County Cricket Club and Former Non-Executive Director of Manchester United Football Club

“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.”

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

“Nolan Partners have just completed an assignment with Honda Racing F1 Team to help us find a Marketing Director. This was a key appointment to our management team and we are delighted with both the approach taken by Nolan Partners and the final candidate they found for us. We really liked their specific focus and knowledge of the commercial sports sector – and would definitely use them again.”
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Nick Fry
Former Chief Executive of Mercedes AMG Petronas

“Having previously worked successfully with Nolan Partners to hire senior members of our Executive Management team, we chose to engage them to manage an international search to find a new Chief Executive Officer at a critical stage in our company’s growth. With potential candidates engaged across 14 countries covering our target markets of broadcast, sports, technology, media and entertainment we had an excellent array and choice of high calibre candidates on our shortlist. Nolan Partners knowledge of our company and the complexities of the market place were evident and vital. However, most importantly they understood the type of individual we were looking for and the cultural fit with the organisation. The board are very pleased with our appointment of a top class operator who has worked across all the key disciplines, lived in four continents and has relocated to join us in London. We will use Nolan Partners again if we make external senior management appointments.”

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Matthew Wheeler
Chairman, Supponor

“Nolan Partners have been a trusted search partner and advisor to The FA Group for a number of years now, assisting us in finding senior talent across the whole organisation including boardroom level, commercial, regulatory, financial, digital, technology, communications and corporate affairs. Their knowledge of the sports sector is unrivalled and their insight into the complexities of a sports governing body are unique. We are consistently delighted with both the levels of service and quality of the candidates that they have researched and presented to us. We believe Nolan Partners are the ‘go to’ search firm for any sporting organisation seeking to grow or change their senior team and we would recommend them to anyone.”

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Alex Horne
Former General Secretary of The FA Group

“Your broad based knowledge of the market place and your wide ranging network of contacts produced a range of excellent candidates for the SPL. We benefitted greatly from your skills and expertise. It was a pleasure to work with Nolan Partners.”

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Lex Gold CBE
Former Chairman, Scottish Premier League

“We recently worked with Nolan Partners to appoint a new COO, at a critical time of major change for our organisation. Seeking a top class hire with the vision and leadership to help us scale, generate new revenue streams and develop a high performance team we required a comprehensive international search.

We were able to investigate potential candidates across International Federations, Governing Bodies, Rights owners, clubs and brands with candidates originating from Switzerland, South Africa, US, Australia and the UK.  We had an excellent shortlist of high calibre candidates and appointed a highly regarded individual with the capabilities to deliver our goals.

We have since engaged Nolan Partners for another senior executive mandate and I’d be happy to recommend them in the future.”

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David Haggerty
President, International Tennis Federation

“Nolan Partners during the whole search process were partners in every sense of the word. They clearly know the wider sport industry intimately and brought a high level of professionalism and integrity to the process. The Commercial Director role for our UK office is integral to our international growth strategy and as such being able to rely upon their team to engage and deliver the project successfully was fundamental in our choice to work with them. I would not hesitate in recommending them to other sports organisations.”

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Chris Parsons
Former VP International of the NFL

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

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

“The creation this year of the British Horseracing Authority through the merger of the British Horseracing Board and the Horseracing Regulatory Authority has marked a major milestone in British Racing. We chose Nolan Partners to work with us on finding a Chairman and Chief Executive for the new Authority as we believed they brought an unparalleled ability to manage the complex stakeholder interests in helping us build the new Board. We were delighted with their approach and the results.”

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Sir Martin Broughton
Former Chairman of the British Horseracing Board, Former President of the CBI, Former Chairman of British Airways Plc and Former Chairman of Liverpool Football Club

“…we had been using several companies to help us with the recruitment of key executives. I was not impressed with the quality of candidates we were obtaining through what were major organisations in London and decided that Nolan Partners were worth trying. The level of attention we got as clients, and we are hard to please, was astounding. The quality of candidates with whom we were presented for our recently vacant Brand and Marketing Director position gave us a happy problem – they were all superb! The successful candidate has just attended our senior management conference and delighted our team of 70 key employees. He is proving to be a great cultural fit. We are currently using Nolan Partners on more assignments and are very pleased with progress-to-date. We are very much enjoying working with them.”

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