Paul Nolan – Group Managing Director
Paul spent 6 years as the Group HR Director for The English Football Association and Wembley Stadium, where he worked closely with the board, Chairman and Chief Executives to build leadership teams, handling every senior executive and non-executive appointment. Prior to this, Paul spent 13 years in consumer facing international businesses, including a position on the board of a division of a FTSE 250 business with a specific responsibility for acquiring and developing leadership talent.
As well as leading our sports practice and conducting all of our board level searches and chief executive and managing director mandates, Paul has conducted significant work in the betting & gaming industry, including several Executive board level searches at Ladbrokes plc and William Hill plc.
Paul sits on a number of boards, including the Advisory Board of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry MBA at Liverpool University and sits on the judging panels of the Leaders 40 Under 40 Awards and the Top 50 Most Influential Woman in Sport. Paul also sits on the the board of Positive Futures, a charity supporting hard to reach young people in North Liverpool.
Chad Biagini – Partner, Global Head of Sport
Chad brings 10+ years’ experience in Executive Search, representing a wide range of sports clients including Ultimate Fighting Championship, WWE, Special Olympics, and teams across Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and the NFL. Throughout his career, Chad’s placed more than 200 senior executives across the industries of financial services, consumer products, technology, private equity, automotive, non-profit, media & entertainment, sports management, aerospace, and higher education.
Chad has also conducted extensive work in search in the non-profit sector in the US where he has worked with a significant number of the top 50 organizations in this sector including United Way Worldwide and Make-A-Wish America.
In 2005, Chad took a two-year sabbatical to volunteer full-time at the Los Angeles Dream Center, where he oversaw all production and creative for at-risk youth programs. Chad serves on the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles and on the National Board of Pet Partners in Bellevue, WA. He served on the Advisory Board of Positive Coaching Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2014-2016.
Emma Thomson – Operations Director
One of the original founders of Nolan Partners, Emma was previously Head of HR at AMV BBDO (the UK’s largest advertising agency). Emma’s career started in human resources in the aviation industry before moving into football. Emma spent four years at The Football Association becoming Senior HR Manager with responsibility for mid to senior level recruitment.
Emma looks after the operational running of Nolan Partners including finance, IT, marketing and HR.
Carolyne Savini – Partner
Carolyne joined Nolan Partners in early 2019 and has been an executive search consultant in the sports and entertainment industry for over 13 years. She has worked with some of the industry’s top executives for organizations across the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, national governing bodies, motorsports, live event properties, college athletics, and numerous vendors to the sports and entertainment industry. Her expertise includes the C-suite and executive management across sales, marketing, operations, and administration functions of the business.
Early in her career, Carolyne worked for Learfield Sports. She is an Independent Director on the board of USA Table Tennis.
Carolyne received her MBA and Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh where she earned both academic and athletic All-America honors. She also has a Certificate in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.
Andrew Moss – Partner, Global Head of Media & Entertainment
Andrew has worked in sport, media and entertainment for over 20 years. Having trained and qualified as a lawyer with global magic circle firm Herbert Smith, Andrew moved in house to join The Football Association and worked on the financing of Wembley National Stadium as well as all the major broadcast, sponsorship and licensing deals.
Prior to joining Nolan Partners, Andrew was Chief Commercial Officer at Oliver & Ohlbaum (leading independent strategic / management consultancy). Andrew was in charge of global business development and won / managed key strategic projects for clients in the sports, media and entertainment sectors with a focus on corporate finance, sports investment and broadcast media rights valuations.
Stewart King – Partner, Global Head of Performance
Stewart has managed executive search assignments for over 10 years. As the Head of Performance Practice for Nolan Partners, Stewart advises on and executes leadership appointments into the technical departments of world leading professional clubs and national associations. Typical search assignments Stewart will manage include Sporting Director/General Managers, High Performance Directors, Heads of Player Recruitment, Head Coaches, Academy Directors as well as senior professionals across sports science, medical, strength & conditioning and nutrition.
Stewart has invested significant time in building relationships with key individuals around the world and can comfortably present truly international shortlists. He has successfully delivered on assignments across Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. The time Stewart spends out in the field means he is able to provide accurate and real time benchmarking information/market analysis to clubs/franchises/governing bodies around the world.
Graham Boone – Senior Associate
Graham brings eight years of experience working with all levels of team, league and university leadership. Prior to joining Nolan Partners in 2017, Graham served as the Director of Basketball Operations and a National Basketball Players Association Player Agent for Tandem Sports + Entertainment, where he worked on behalf of NBA stars including Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Grant Hill, Ray Allen and Thaddeus Young, among others. During his time as an agent, Graham was involved in more than $350M in negotiated player salaries, completed more than 40 free agent deals and helped sign more than 25 players to the company’s roster.
At Nolan Partners, Graham specialises in executing searches in General Management, Senior Strategy, Salary Cap Administration, Senior Legal Counsel, Sports Science, Talent Identification/Scouting, CEO, COO, CFO, CRO and CMO positions. Graham attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a recruited debater for the US National Debate Team.
Joe French – Head of Delivery
Joe joined Nolan Partners in 2017, having spent three years working in Executive Search & Recruitment, focusing on Executive & Non-Executive searches across the consumer sector in the UK and EMEA. Joe graduated from Loughborough University, where he studied Sports & Exercise Science and led a successful swimming career. Joe focuses predominantly on Corporate Sports, with mandates spanning Rights Holders, Sporting Clubs, Governing Bodies, Professional Leagues, Venues, Sponsors and Corporate Organisations.
Dr Rowan Bradford – Associate Director and Occupational Psychologist
Dr Rowan Bradford is a respected business psychologist with 20 years of wide-ranging, cross-sector experience in senior level executive assessment and development. After completing a degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, she completed a PHD in Occupational Psychology, focusing on what helps people to learn at work. Since then, she has worked as a training and development consultant and as a business psychologist specialising in executive assessment and development. She has a special interest in what makes leaders succeed and ‘derail’ in top jobs and has consulted internationally in a wide range of sectors including engineering, telecoms, retail, leisure, betting, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
“Nolan Partners have been a trusted search partner and advisor to The FA for a number of years finding senior talent across the whole organisation including boardroom level, commercial, regulatory, financial, digital, technology, communications and corporate affairs.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”