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Newbury Racecourse appoints new Chief Executive Officer – 13 December 2013

The Board of Newbury Racecourse PLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Julian Thick as Chief Executive with effect from 16 December 2013.

Over the last 20 years Julian Thick, 43 has held a number of senior roles in the racing industry having been Managing Director of Aintree, Sandown and Kempton Park racecourses as well as a board member of Jockey Club Racecourses. Read more at www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk 

Derby County appoint new Finance Director – 11 September 2013

Derby County have appointed Stephen Pearce as the club’s new Finance Director.

Pearce will take up his post at Pride Park Stadium on Monday 30th September 2013 after agreeing to join the Rams from Barclays Premier League side Chelsea. Read more at www.dcfc.co.uk

Great British Racing appoints International Executive – 11 August 2013

Former Breeders’ Cup Vice President Carter Carnegie has been appointed as the International Executive for Great British Racing International (GBRI) in order to encourage overseas investment in the British bloodstock and racing industry.

Carnegie, whose background is in commercial sports development, has been associated with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL), as well as serving ten years with Breeders’ Cup Limited, where he was successful in seeking new marketing partners and securing sponsorship deals. Read more at ownerbreeder.co.uk

LFC appoint Chief Financial Officer – 17 June 2013

Liverpool Football Club has appointed Andy Hughes as Chief Financial Officer to lead the club’s financial operations.

Andy brings a wealth of global experience to the club having held senior positions at Hilton Hotels and the Cendant Corporation. He originally trained with Ernst & Young and most recently was chief financial officer at Guoman and Thistle Hotels. Read more at liverpoolfc.com 

Dyke to replace David Bernstein as FA Chairman – 21 March 2013

Former BBC director general Greg Dyke is set to be named chairman of The Football Association.

Dyke, who must stand down as Brentford chairman to take on this role, will take over from Bernstein in July.

“I am very excited to take on this role with The FA. Football has always been a big part of my life,” said Dkye. Read more at bbc.co.uk

Greg Dyke to become FA Chairman – 21 March 2013

The Football Association Board has today unanimously approved the nomination of Greg Dyke to be appointed Independent FA Chairman. The appointment will take effect from Saturday 13 July.

In a high profile broadcasting industry career, Dyke has worked as Director General of the the BBC and Managing Director of London Weekend Television. Read more at thefa.com

RFL appoints ex-FA boss Brian Barwick as Chairman – 30 January 2013

Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has been appointed as chairman of the Rugby Football League.

Barwick, who held senior sport posts at broadcasters BBC and ITV, replaces interim chairman Maurice Watkins in a non-executive capacity.

“I am absolutely delighted to accept the position as the new chairman of the RFL,” Barwick said. “Rugby league is a sport I have a genuine respect and affection for.” Read more at bbc.co.uk

BT arrival a ‘threat and an opportunity’ for BBC – 25 September 2012

Speaking at the Nolan Partners Sport Industry Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning, Barbara Slater, BBC’s Director of Sport, said that the introduction of BT into the sport rights field represented both ‘a threat and an opportunity’ to the BBC, with the possibility of collaborations and partnerships offset against more competition for top-class sport rights. Read more at sportindustry.biz

Lancashire name new Chief Executive – 20 September 2012

Daniel Gidney is the man charged with guiding Lancashire into a new era after being named as the club’s chief executive.

The 43-year-old, who for the past six years has filled the same role at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, will take over at Old Trafford from Jim Cumbes, who is retiring in December… Read more at Manchester Evening News

“Cycling is a cleaner sport”: Tour de France star Cavendish says the sport is cleaner than ever – 19 June 2012

Isle of Man cyclist says improved drug testing has helped clean up the sport of cycling.

Mark Cavendish said he believes the sport of cycling is cleaner than many other professional sports.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Nolan Partners Sport Industry Breakfast Club talk in London the Tour de France star said that despite several high profile cases of wrongdoing, cycling is much cleaner than many believe… Read more at mirror.co.uk

Cavendish Defends Cycling’s Reputation Ahead of Tour – 19 June 2012

This week after Lance Armstrong faced new doping charges, 2011 World Road Race Champion Mark Cavendish spoke out in defence of cycling’s reputation at the Nolan Partners Sport Industry Breakfast Club, in front of a packed room of industry executives… Read more at sportindustry.biz

Cavendish to concede Tour stage wins for Olympics – 19 June 2012

Mark Cavendish expects to be less dominant when he defends his green jersey as the Tour de France’s best sprinter after changing his training regimen and losing weight as part of preparations for the London Olympics… Read more at sports.yahoo.com

BT Joins BSkyB in £3bn Premier League Rights Sale – 14 June 2012

BT has secured two rights packages to broadcast Premier League games for the first time, securing the rights to 38 matches a season from 2013/14 to 2015/16, and joining BskyB – which secured five packages – in a record sale of £3.018bn… Read more at sportindustry.biz

Lancashire County Cricket Club use headhunters Nolan Partners to replace CEO – 24 April 2012

Lancashire County Cricket Club has hired top head-hunters to find its new chief executive.

The club is seeking a leading business figure to replace Jim Cumbes, who is due to stand down later this year.

Lancashire, reigning county champions, has appointed London-based Nolan Partners to scout suitable candidates on its behalf… Read more at menmedia.co.uk

Lancashire step up the search for Cumbes’ successor – 6 April 2012

Lancashire were continuing their preparations for the defence of the County Championship in Cambridge over the Easter weekend with the club also stepping up the process of appointing a new chief executive.

Jim Cumbes has already deferred his retirement twice to steer the long-running redevelopment of Old Trafford towards completion and Lancashire announced earlier this year that he will now work beyond his 68th birthday in May… Read more at blog.thecricketer.com

Arsenal chief executive says firing Wenger not an option – 20 September 2011

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis today lashed out at Arsene Wenger’s critics and insisted that his position is not under threat despite the club’s poor start to the season… Read more at independent.co.uk

Leaders in Football Secures Sponsorship Trio – 19 August 2011

Some of world sport’s leading service providers are among the latest sponsors of Leaders in Football.

Event organizer Executive Sport Ltd announced that business advisory firm PwC, executive search firm Nolan Partners as well as brand analysis experts Repucom and Sport+Markt will support the upcoming summit… Read more at worldfootballinsider.com

BHA to stay with a chief executive – 5 February 2011

THE BHA will continue to be headed by a chief executive following implementation of a structural review of the sport and its lead body being conducted by soon-to-leave incumbent Nic Coward, despite suggestions the role could be downgraded.

The idea that further concentration of the BHA’s responsibilities for regulation and governance would require it to appoint only the equivalent of a chief operating officer has been ruled out.

Instead, headhunters Nolan Partners, who identified Coward as a candidate for chief executive of the BHB and Horseracing Regulatory Authority before his appointment in October 2006, have been retained to search for a full-blown successor… Read more at thefreelibrary.com

Sports Agenda – 24 September 2010

The FA have changed headhunters in their search for a new chairman following the exit of Lord Triesman last May. Odgers, who have paid the price for bringing Lord T to football, have been replaced by Nolan Partners. They are likely to recruit from inside football when FA rules allowing this are changed next month… Read more at dailymail.co.uk

Scottish F.A. appoint Stewart Regan as Chief Executive – July 28 2010

THE Scottish FA has announced the appointment of Stewart Regan as Chief Executive.

The 46-year-old joins after four years as Chief Executive of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Previously, Stewart was Director of The Football League Championship, where he led the rebranding and rejuvenation of the second tier of English football…  Read more at scottishfa.co.uk

Darren Eales Joins Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – March 2 2010

The Club is delighted to announce that Darren Eales will be joining the Club at the end of the season when Club Secretary, John Alexander, leaves to take up his new position at Manchester United. Darren joins us from West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

Darren started his professional career as a footballer playing in the USA in the A-League following a collegiate career in the Ivy League. He graduated in Economics at Brown University before returning to London and qualifying as a Barrister after reading law at Cambridge University. Darren spent 6 years as a Barrister in private practice dealing with sports, media and employment areas of law. In 2006 he joined West Bromwich Albion where he holds a wide-ranging role encompassing the responsibilities of Club Secretary, Board Director and Legal Director… Read more at tottenhamhotspur.com

Manchester United Appoint New Club Secretary – December 20 2009

Manchester United has appointed John Alexander, currently Club Secretary at Tottenham Hotspur, as only its fifth Secretary since the War. He will take up the post when Ken Ramsden retires at the end of the season.

John has been the Secretary at Spurs since 2000 and before that was Club Secretary at Watford. He began his association with the game as a player with Millwall, Reading and Northampton Town, before retiring in 1982.

His appointment follows a recruitment process, announced in September 2009, which included advertisements in national newspapers which attracted many high quality applications from the world of football and beyond. John will join the Group Executive committee at the Club. Read more at manutd.com

Horseracing body launches hunt to fill new top comms position – 1 October 2007

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the new unified governing and regulatory body for the sport, is to establish a role of director of comms and promotion. The role will report to CEO Nic Coward and include responsibility for PA. The BHA is using executive search firm Nolan Partners to fill the role… Read more at publicaffairsnews.com

British Horseracing Authority to establish new Director of Communications and Promotion role – 9 April 2007

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the new unified governing and regulatory body for the sport, is to establish a role of Director of Communications and Promotion.

The new position will report to Chief Executive Nic Coward and include responsibility for promoting racing; communications and media liaison; public affairs; and community relations. Executive search consultants Nolan Partners have been appointed to carry out the recruitment process for the role, which will also be advertised… Read more at britishhorseracing.com