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Functional Director assignments handled by the Nolan Partners team:

  • Technical Director – The Football Association
  • Director of Football Regulation & Administration – The Football Association
  • Football Secretary – Manchester United Football Club
  • Sporting Director – Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
  • Technical Director – Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
  • Sporting Director – Huddersfield Town Association Football Club
  • Sporting Director – Significant Asian Football Club
  • Head of Coaching (Academy) – Arsenal Football Club
  • UK Technical Director & Head of Player Recruitment – Watford Football Club
  • Director of Sport – ASPIRE Academy (Qatar)
  • Director of Sports Science – ASPIRE Academy (Qatar)
  • Performance Director – Scottish Football Association
  • Sporting Director / General Manager – San Jose Earthquakes
  • Chief Operating Officer – Manchester United Foundation
  • Chief Operations Officer – Western & Southern Open (USTA)
  • 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
  • Chief Technology Officer – Milwaukee Bucks
  • SVP, Global Media – Electronic Sports League (ESL)
  • Vice President, Partnerships & Hospitality – Oakland A’s
  • Vice President, People Operations – Oakland A’s
  • 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
  • Vice President, Marketing – Breeders’ Cup (New York)
  • Vice President, Marketing – Chicago Cubs
  • SVP Partnership Development EMEA – Just Marketing International
  • Vice President, Marketing Partnerships EMEA – NBA
  • Vice President, Partnerships – Cleveland Browns
  • Director of Commercial Partnerships – NFL (Europe)
  • Senior Director New Business EMEA – NBA
  • Senior Director, Ticket Sales – New York City Football Club
  • Group Commercial Director – The Football Association
  • Director, Game Presentation; Producer – Toronto Blue Jays
  • 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
  • Vice President, Finance – Oakland A’s
  • Finance Director – Derby County Football Club
  • Finance Director – Tattersalls
  • Vice President, Branded Content Sales – Tribeca
  • 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
  • Associate General Counsel – World Surf League
  • 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
  • HR Director – United States Equestrian Federation
  • Head of Catering & Event Delivery – Manchester United Football Club
  • Director of Catering & Events – Southampton Football Club
  • 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

“I appointed Nolan Partners to assist on a challenging mandate to hire a Director of CRM to lead our teams across Gibraltar and Israel. Not only did we hire someone with the perfect skill set, they really understood the company and department culture to attract the right person, which was critical. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Colin Cole-Johnson

“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.”

Paul Barber

“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.”

Alex Horne

“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

“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
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