Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Client: Sports National Governing Body (NGB) Location: England, UK England, UK Flag

Client background:

A prominent Sports National Governing Body (NGB) responsible for overseeing and developing a specific sport in across the UK. The organisation plays a crucial role in shaping policies, fostering grassroots development, and representing the sport at national and international levels.


The NGB recognised the need for a dynamic and visionary leader to spearhead the organisation into a new era of growth, innovation, and increased competitive success. The Board of Directors identified the vacancy for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as a critical opportunity to bring in leadership that could navigate the evolving landscape of sports administration, enhance organisational efficiency, and elevate the sport's profile within the country.


  1. Attract a seasoned executive with a proven track record in sports administration and leadership.
  2. Identify a candidate capable of developing and implementing strategic initiatives to advance the NGB's mission.
  3. Ensure the new CEO possesses strong communication and stakeholder management skills to foster positive relationships with government bodies, sponsors, athletes, and the broader sporting community.
  4. Align the candidate's values with the organization's commitment to inclusivity, integrity, and athlete welfare.


1. Client Consultation:

In-depth discussions with the Board of Directors to understand the organisation's culture, values, and strategic goals.

Define the key competencies, skills, and qualities desired in the new CEO.

2. Market Analysis:

Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the sports industry to identify potential candidates with relevant experience.

Leverage industry networks, databases, and market intelligence to create a candidate pool.

3. Candidate Sourcing:

Develop a customised outreach strategy to engage potential candidates.

Utilize a combination of executive search, industry referrals, and targeted advertising to attract top-tier talent.

4. Screening and Assessment:

Evaluate candidates based on their experience, leadership style, strategic vision, and alignment with the organisation's values.

Conduct in-depth interviews, reference checks, and psychometric assessments to ensure a comprehensive evaluation.

5. Client Interviews:

Facilitate interviews with the Board of Directors to assess cultural fit, leadership qualities, and strategic alignment.

Present shortlisted candidates, providing detailed insights into their suitability for the role.

6. Final Selection and Onboarding:

Assist the client in the final selection process, negotiating terms, and securing the candidate.

Support the onboarding process to ensure a smooth transition for the new CEO.


The executive search resulted in the successful appointment of a Chief Executive Officer who brought a wealth of experience in sports administration, a strategic mindset, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing the sport. The new CEO played a pivotal role in elevating the NGB's profile, fostering collaboration with stakeholders, and implementing innovative programs to drive growth and development within the organisation.