The business of Sport and Leisure continues to evolve and there has never been a more dynamic time for leadership teams within these highly innovative and consumer driven sectors.

Executive Search Specialists in Sport

psd operates as a trusted leadership and talent advisory to clubs, teams, stadia and venues, governing bodies, rights holders, international federations, agencies, media and broadcasters.

As technology unlocks new business models and revenue streams across the world of sport, many of these ambitious organisations are increasingly operating at broader and deeper levels to leverage the unprecedented opportunities presented by fan engagement in the Audience Age. An effective approach to management recruitment is critical as the business of sport offers the potential for outstanding careers across a wide spectrum of functions and specialist capabilities.

Executive Search Specialists in Leisure

psd operates as a trusted leadership and talent advisory to a wide range of leisure and entertainment-based organisations including competitive socialising venues, visitor attraction and theme parks, destination venues, high profile Golf clubs and health and fitness operators.

Our Expertise

Our capabilities and reputation for recruiting senior management and C-level executives is truly world-class. Clients benefit from psd‘s unique matrix structure, which is able to identify the most suitable and best qualified candidates for key roles from within a vast range of industry sectors, delivering the optimum result for every assignment.

psd offers sports management recruitment services for Main (Executive & Non-Executive) and Management Board positions, Venue Operations, Sales & Event Management, Partnership Acquisition & Retention, Marketing & Digital Transformation, Consumer Insight & Analytics, Finance, PR, Media & Communications, as well as many other specialist functions.

Representative assignments include:

  • Chair – British Cycling
  • INED – The Great Run Company
  • INED – ATP Tour
  • Chief Executive – British Cycling
  • Chief Executive – The Club Company
  • Chief Executive – The Wisley
  • Chief Executive – United Fitness Brands
  • Managing Director – Arena Racing Company
  • Managing Director (Women) – Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Managing Director – Zipworld
  • Chief Financial Officer – Silverstone Circuits

Representative assignments include:

  • Chief Commercial Officer – Powerleague
  • Commercial Director – British and Irish Lions
  • Commercial Director – Playfinder
  • Chief Operating Officer – Adventure Leisure
  • Chief Operating Officer – British Rowing
  • Stadium Director – Wembley
  • Group Operations Director – Aspers
  • Operations Director – David Lloyd Leisure
  • Retail Director – Parkdean Resorts
  • Head of Sales – Ascot Racecourse
  • Senior Manager Commercial Partnerships – NFL

Our clients say

Against a tricky brief psd delivered on time and with passion, delivering a great service at all times. I have been particularly impressed with their knowledge of the business. It helps to make sure we have put our important hiring decisions in the hands of experts.

Director of People, HR & Development, Lawn Tennis Association

psd rapidly built a strong partnership with us and the results (new CEO, Commercial Director and Chairman) are testimony to their success. Looking at the new governance and leadership in British Cycling I am confident we can become the best in class governing body that we intend to be. I am equally confident that psd have played a huge role in making that happen.

People Director, British Cycling

I have engaged the services of psd for over 10 years and they have always provided me with an outstanding level of service, commitment and professionalism. psd comes with my highest recommendation.

Group Operations Director, Arena Racing Company

First class. At all stages I felt fully up to speed with all activity, which is vitally important in this type of relationship. Genuine, honest and helpful feedback was given at every request and I could find no fault with the experience and would have no hesitation recommending in future.

Chief Executive, Gloucester Rugby

psd delivered a variety of excellent candidates, who were of the highest calibre and had been through psd‘s rigorous selection process. I was extremely impressed by their market expertise and their network.

Chief Executive, British Rowing

This process gave myself and the FAI Board complete confidence that we had left no stone unturned when we were making this appointment. psd‘s research, geographical reach and knowledge of the sector meant we knew the right people were being approached and in a way that reflected the values of the FAI. I think the strength of the shortlist we had to choose from emphasised that and we are delighted with Ruud’s appointment.

Chief Executive, Football Association of Ireland

My interactions with psd have been top class from the beginning. From the initial conversation where they asked the right questions that surface up multiple quality candidates, to the guiding communication through the process, psd made what can be a cumbersome experience as streamlined and productive as possible. I would gladly continue to work with psd on my recruiting needs.

Chief Product & Content Officer, Perform Media

psd responded to our requirement for a Chief Commercial Officer in a proactive and professional manner.  Kit Taylor understood our requirements and provided a concise short list of suitable candidates resulting in a successful appointment which we are confident will be beneficial to our organisation.  We were supported throughout the recruitment process by a knowledgeable and efficient team and would have no hesitation in working with psd in the future.

Chairman, Bahrain International Circuit

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