Testimonials

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.

“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

“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 – 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

“Choosing the right search consultant is a critically important decision for any company. The consultant immediately becomes the company’s de facto brand ambassador. I have just worked with Nolan Partners on an assignment to find a Group Head of Marketing to join the Welsh Rugby Union and Millennium Stadium team. I have been particularly impressed with their depth of understanding of the complexities of a Sports Governing Body and the variety of challenges we face. Not only are we delighted with the outcome of the project, but they were a pleasure to work with.”

Roger Lewis – Group Chief Executive of Welsh Rugby Union Ltd and Millennium Stadium plc

“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 – VP International of the NFL

“I have recently taken up the appointment of CEO of the British Horseracing Authority. Nolan Partners handled the assignment, and I was delighted by the way they handled my candidature. It has not stopped there. They have shown a real understanding of what we are looking to achieve for racing, and are now helping to build the team.”

Nic Coward – General Secretary of the Premier League and Former Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority

“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

“Nolan Partner’s broad based knowledge of the market place and your wide ranging network of contacts produced a range of excellent candidates for both SPL posts, and we benefitted greatly from their skills and expertise in driving at our short lists of candidates and facilitating our decisions.

It was a pleasure to work with Nolan Partners and, as I step down, I wish you and the company all possible future success.”

Lex Gold CBE – Former Chairman of the Scottish Premier League

“… 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 – Group Chief Executive of William Hill Plc and Chairman of the Scottish Premier League