Over the last decade, we have become the biggest Executive Search firm dedicated to sport and related sectors. Our team has a combined experience of almost 100 years in search and in sport and this means we have:

A proven track record
We’ve identified and attracted for our clients, some of the industry’s most talented rising stars, as well as some of the highest profile business and performance leaders in sport.

High calibre candidate shortlists
We’ve personally met and interviewed candidates from every continent across sport, media, entertainment and broadcast, in addition to identifying the most relevant candidates from outside of our sector.

Global research capability
Most of our searches are global, creating an international network of the very best of the industry’s senior talent.

In depth knowledge of our industry
Everyone in the Nolan Partners team is an expert in their field and has an outstanding list of successes in our industry. Collectively the Nolan Partners team have delivered over 500 searches in sport.

“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

“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. I would not hesitate in recommending them to other sports organisations.”

Chris Parsons
Former VP International of the NFL

“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

“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

“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