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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.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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