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We solve sports recruitment challenges and help the world of sport to become more open and interconnected. 

Every day is different. That’s because we try not to do what has already been done.
We’re renowned for our fresh and innovative approach to talent and we work with smart and imaginative people on challenging and inspiring projects.


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Darren Simmons

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Darren Simmons

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Darren founded The Executives In Sport Group and manages the business whilst overseeing all client projects. He takes a lead role in senior search assignments and previously worked in journalism and sports PR. Ensuring a first-class service for clients, his competitiveness is legendary, to the point of visiting the office whilst on holiday to defend his table tennis championship.

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Dan Reeves

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Dan Reeves

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

My field I lead Key Account Management, Contingency and Interim recruitment services at The Executives In Sport Group. Taking an active involvement in most projects we’re tasked with delivering, I also work alongside the Executive Search team to deliver senior appointments within sport. My core focus is typically operational and technical roles within sport and I find a significant amount of my time is spent recruiting in to football, rugby, horse racing, motorsport and sports broadcasting. My personal best During 2018 I’ve worked on a number of senior roles within sports broadcasting and one search in particular stands out. We delivered the new Head of Engineering for DAZN which was a particularly challenging project as the skills and experienced required narrowed the pool of individuals down to a very small number. All were well regarded and very happy in their existing roles so the challenge was to engage and explain DAZN’s growth plans and how the role could be an opportunity to shape Sports OTT given the dynamic nature of the business and their ambitious plans. The future We’ve built a highly capable research team identifying exceptional talent from entry through to board level. Recently we’ve delivered senior hires in countries such as Japan, America and Germany so I’m keen that we continue to broaden our geographical reach and add additional support for existing clients with global presence.

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Davey Blofield

HEAD OF RESEARCH

Davey Blofield

HEAD OF RESEARCH

My field As Head of Research I’m tasked with talent identification for senior recruitment assignments in sport and talent mapping for forward thinking sports organisations looking to get ahead of the talent curve. My time is spent finding great people, through detailed research, ensuring that The Executives In Sport Group know where the very best people in sport, media and entertainment currently work and what might motivate them to move. At the moment I’m heavily involved in senior commercial, media rights and digital searches across Europe for sports federations, broadcasters and rightsholders. My biggest test Probably finding an Executive Producer, with extensive football experience, to lead J League broadcast coverage in Tokyo. We spent several weeks mapping the very best football producers, globally, and were delighted when one of the very best people in the industry agreed to move to Japan, enthused by the challenge of driving Premier League broadcasting standards in a new region. The future I’m fascinated by all things esports and have kept a close (over) watch on the sector’s rapid evolution and commercialisation. More and more senior commercial talent is looking to move into esports as they see sponsorship spend moving from traditional sports into the online gaming world. I’m thus building a network of influencers within esports and really enjoying supporting teams, publishers and event organisers to find great talent.

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Tom Beswick

SENIOR RESEARCHER

Tom Beswick

SENIOR RESEARCHER

Tom is Senior Researcher at The Executives In Sport Group, with a particular focus on operational roles within sport. Working on a global scale, he’s an encyclopedia of stadia related stats. If you work in a sporting venue and haven’t already spoken with Tom you probably soon will! A Manchester United supporter, his beloved wife is a professional cake maker with a specialism in sports related cakes!

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Emma Holloway

RESEARCHER

Emma Holloway

RESEARCHER

Emma is our Marketing Guru, managing our social and digital channels and helping to ensure that sports organisations know exactly what we do / how we do it and individuals know when their dream job is on our books! A lifelong Portsmouth supporter, we’re hoping she can have as much impact for us as her favourite player Brett Pitman does for her beloved team!

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WHAT'S BEEN SAID ABOUT US?

It was really painful before you guys came along!


Chief Executive, Football

I thought recruitment agencies were all the same but The Executives In Sport Group proved me wrong. They are warm, professional and genuine. They really cared about my needs and what I was looking for. I’m over the moon with my new role.


Commercial Director, National Governing Body

You’re helping us achieve our ultimate goal. Finding us people who help transform our club and business.


HR Director, Premier League Football Club

The best sports recruitment agency I have dealt with, bar none.


Commercial Director, Premier League Football Club

They’ve given us more presence on the global stage to attract the best talent. That’s priceless in such a competitive world as ours.


Head of HR, Premier League Football Club

Moving jobs can be extremely stressful and confusing but they made the whole process stress-free. The role was a perfect fit, levels of contact were first-class and they kept in touch during my first few months to make sure a smooth transition.


Head of Membership, National Governing Body

They understand the kind of people we need. They mention a few names straight away and have them on the phone later that day. You can’t buy contacts like that.


Managing Director, Sports Sponsorship Consultancy

A recruitment agency that genuinely cares about my career – it’s how recruitment should be done.


Head of Ticketing – Champion’s League Football Club

You’ve added a level of professionalism that I didn’t think was possible from a recruiter.


Head of HR, County Championship Cricket Club

From the first phone call I was amazed by the friendliness and professionalism of the consultant handling the opportunity. Always ready to help, providing consistent feedback at speed, and they got me a great job in the sport I love and played. Thank you.


Commercial Director, Pro14 Rugby Club

Productivity shot up because we could focus on running our club and leave the experts to hire great people. As well as great talent they give us back that most valuable commodity – TIME!


Chief Executive, Pro14 Rugby Club

We have very impromptu demands but they’ve always delivered within our timeline. They know the market and who’s out there, so they suggest possible candidates straight away. They’ve given us some of our best people.


HR Director, Global Sports Broadcaster

I tell all my friends and colleagues in sport about The Executives In Sport Group. They did a brilliant job for me and I feel like I should spread the word! Top class!


Head of Stadium Operations, Premier League Football Club

Executives In Sport Group has the best pool of contacts and talent – it’s a no-brainer for us.


Chief Executive, Championship Football Club

I love my new job! Executives In Sport Group matched both my skills and personality to the right role and company. I never thought I’d find a job I feel so passionately about.


Head of Marketing, Championship Football Club

They just get us. They get our culture and who’s going to thrive in it. I wouldn’t ask anyone else to represent us at the C-Suite level.


Head of People, International Sports Venue

The consultant wasn’t just looking to fill a role in front of him. He really understood what my next move needed to be and helped me think about what I wanted for my career in the long term. I’ve never experienced a recruitment agency like it.


Head of Content, Premier League Football Club