Case study

National Governing Body

Chief Executive


Our client is a Sports National Governing Body who required external recruitment support as they looked to hire a new CEO. After a period of substantial organisational change, this was a critical hire as they looked to deliver a new 10-year operational plan. McBride Sports were asked to provide additional search capability across the international sports industry. We concluded the assignment by delivering a tailored interview process – working alongside the board - to identify the best candidate.

Our solution & services:

Neil Edwards worked directly the Chair & Board to design a bespoke Search & Selection process that would identify the best candidates from an international talent pool. McBride Sports utilised several talent attraction strategies to successfully broaden the reach, depth & diversity of candidates we engaged with. This included:


  • Initial campaign consultation – working with the Chair to clearly define the role brief & candidate profile.
  • Research & market insight services
  • Design & implementation of a targeted advertised campaign
  • Identification of potential candidates who would challenge the brief through a set transferable skills and wider industry experience


  • Executive search activity
  • Direct approaches to ‘in scope’ individuals
  • Stewarding potential candidates ahead of their application
  • Interview design & process management
  • Candidate onboarding and ongoing support


Delivery of a diverse & high calibre shortlist of candidates that hit the brief. A streamlined and engaging interview process which resulted in the successful appointment of the new Chief Executive in line with the original desired timescales.

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