We are firm believers that the quality of our services is best judged by the satisfaction levels of our clients. Below is a selection of testimonials from some of our recent assignments.

“Nolan Partners recently completed an international search to find the Rugby League International Federation a Chief Executive. As a critical appointment in the evolution of our organisation, we wanted to investigate a range of candidates with the leadership, stakeholder management and commercial skills to help take the organisation to the next level.

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.

I enjoyed working with Nolan Partners who demonstrated expertise, knowledge and commitment throughout the process and I would have no hesitation recommending them to any international sports body.”

Nigel Wood, Chairman, Rugby League International Federation, Chief Executive Officer, Rugby Football League

“We engaged Nolan partners having worked with them on several board appointments previously, to hire a new role, Director of Mobile. This was a critical role, representing the biggest growth area of the business and very much in the spotlight with our customers, the Plc boardroom and the city. We required a genuine mobile guru with executive leadership experience and strategic vision but with also formal expertise in product management and development. We needed to investigate a range of sectors on an international basis to satisfy our varied requirements across a complex mix of internal stakeholders.

Our long list included candidates from gaming, gambling, consultancy, banking, online, media, and mobile for consideration across the stakeholder groups and we had a final shortlist of six candidates delivered within 10 weeks. As a truly international business we are delighted with our hire as Director of Mobile……a German national who was working for an Italian company, living in the UK and now happily relocated to Gibraltar!

Their market knowledge and ability to excite potential candidates from other sectors to get across our vision and opportunities was first class and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Henry Birch – Group CEO, Rank Plc, Former CEO, William Hill Online

“The creation this year of the British Horseracing Authority through the merger of the British Horseracing Board and the Horseracing Regulatory Authority has marked a major milestone in British Racing. We chose Nolan Partners to work with us on finding a Chairman and Chief Executive for the new Authority as we believed they brought an unparalleled ability to manage the complex stakeholder interests in helping us build the new Board. We were delighted with their approach and the results.”

Sir Martin Broughton – Former Chairman of the British Horseracing Board, Former President of the CBI, Former Chairman of British Airways Plc and Former Chairman of Liverpool Football Club

“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.

Supponor is a Private Equity backed, new technology business working within the sports, broadcast and media markets. 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.”

Matthew Wheeler – Chairman of Supponor and Managing Partner of Sports Investment Partners

“It was a please 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 – Chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Chairman of Chance to Shine, Chairman of Sage and Chairman of the Medical Research Council

“Nolan Partners have been a trusted search partner and advisor to The FA Group for a number of years now, assisting us in finding senior talent across the whole organisation including boardroom level, commercial, regulatory, financial, digital, technology, communications and corporate affairs.

Their knowledge of the sports sector is unrivalled and their insight into the complexities of a sports governing body are unique. We are consistently delighted with both the levels of service and quality of the candidates that they have researched and presented to us.

We believe Nolan Partners are the ‘go to’ search firm for any sporting organisation seeking to grow or change their senior team and we would recommend them to anyone.”

Alex Horne – Former General Secretary of The FA Group

“When I was approached by Nolan Partners for the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, I was impressed with the depth of their understanding of their client’s needs and why they thought I could bring value to the role. Throughout they were highly engaging and informative and from my point of view managed the whole process excellently. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any sports body.”

Maurice Watkins – Non-Executive Chairman of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, Non-Executive Director of the Rugby Football League, Non-Executive Director of Lancashire County Cricket Club and Former Non-Executive Director of Manchester United Football Club

“Nolan Partners have been very much involved across the industry, both Racing and Gaming/Betting, in a number of key appointments over the past couple of years. They include a BHA search for a new Director of Racecourse Operations, an independent non exec for my British Horseracing Authority Board and a new Director responsible for Betting/Wagering on the Racing Enterprises Board. They have a very strong grasp of the industry dynamics and a wide international network of contacts. In short they have done an excellent job for us and I have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Paul Roy – Former Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority and Founding Partner NewSmith Capital Partners

“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. 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 – Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and Former Non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

“Nolan Partners have just completed an assignment with Honda Racing F1 Team to help us find a Marketing Director. This was a key appointment to our management team and we are delighted with both the approach taken by Nolan Partners and the final candidate they found for us. We really liked their specific focus and knowledge of the commercial sports sector – and would definitely use them again.”

Nick Fry – Former Chief Executive of Mercedes AMG Petronas

“Nolan Partners during the whole search process were partners in every sense of the word. They clearly know the wider sport industry intimately and brought a high level of professionalism and integrity to the process. The Commercial Director role for our UK office is integral to our international growth strategy and as such being able to rely upon their team to engage and deliver the project successfully was fundamental in our choice to work with them. I would not hesitate in recommending them to other sports organisations.”

Chris Parsons – Former VP International of the NFL

“The LMA would also like to thank their specialist recruitment firm Nolan Partners for finding us such a first class candidate. Their knowledge and understanding of the football business proved to be invaluable.”

Howard Wilkinson – Chairman of the League Managers Association

“… we had been using several companies to help us with the recruitment of key executives. I was not impressed with the quality of candidates we were obtaining through what were major organisations in London and decided that Nolan Partners were worth trying. The level of attention we got as clients, and we are hard to please, was astounding. The quality of candidates with whom we were presented for our recently vacant Brand and Marketing Director position gave us a happy problem – they were all superb! The successful candidate has just attended our senior management conference and delighted our team of 70 key employees. He is proving to be a great cultural fit. We are currently using Nolan Partners on more assignments and are very pleased with progress-to-date. We are very much enjoying working with them”.

Ralph Topping – Chairman of the Scottish Premier League and former Group Chief Executive of William Hill Plc


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