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Our Performance Practice helps clients acquire specialist technical/performance talent such as performance, technical and sporting directors, talent identification and scouting specialists, sports medicine and science specialists.

We source candidates from a global pool, with offices in London, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. To see a sample of some of the roles we have successfully worked on, please click here and to read more about what our clients think of us please click here.

A selection of completed assignments:

• Performance Director – The LTA
• Technical Director – The English Football Association
• Technical Director – Brighton & Hove Albion FC
• Director of Football – The English Premier League
• Sporting Director – Aston Villa
• Sporting Director – Tottenham Hotspur FC
• Sporting Director – Vancouver Whitecaps FC
• Sporting Director – Philadelphia Union
• Sporting Director – Watford FC
• General Manager – San Jose Earthquakes
• Director of Coaching – Arsenal FC
• Chief Scout – Manchester United FC
• Head of Player Recruitment – Southampton FC
• Head of Player Development – Southampton FC
• Director of High Performance – Columbus Crew SC

“I’ve worked with Nolan Partners on multiple searches across verticals and properties. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

Al Guido, President of San Francisco 49ers and CEO of Elevate

“Nolan Partners is world-class. They have served as both recruiters and business consultants for our most critical roles. Nolan Partners has helped us fill key leadership roles across partnerships, strategy, and marketing, most recently assisting us in hiring our Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer. We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to future searches with Nolan Partners.”

Dave Jenkins
Chief Operating Officer of Haslam Sports Group (Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew)

“Nolan Partners is outstanding. They placed our CEO at USA Cycling. They were a pleasure to work with. Nolan Partners has a superior scope and track record in sports and entertainment.”

Bob Stapleton
Board Chair of USA Cycling

“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

“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
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