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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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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