Cumann Lúthchleas Gael

Executive Search

The Client

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Our Client, Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Lincoln Recruitment Specialists has been exclusively retained to assist in the recruitment of a number of high profile executive roles for the GAA.

The Process

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The GAA used the Executive Search services of Lincoln Recruitment as the challenge was to find their first and most important hire of all, the person who was to really push the organisation to the next level. The GAA needed a Director General. The GAA was finding it challenging to find a suitable qualified professional with the knowledge, technical background, with a passion for Gaelic Games and Irish culture, to lead the Association and deliver on their mission, values and strategy. The successful candidate would be responsible for providing leadership and direction to full-time and voluntary teams across the Association at all levels.

The Results

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Cumann Lúthchleas Gael were seeking a suitably qualified professional, with a passion for Gaelic Games and Irish culture, to lead the Association and deliver on their mission, values and strategy. Lincoln Recruitment were looking for a highly competent leader who also had to possess a commercial mind-set to develop the vision and strategies of the Association, and implement long and short-term plans.

For this search, we focused first on Ireland and then on overseas candidates with a link to Ireland with experience and an in-depth understanding of the organisation. We shortlisted candidates with the right background to be able to provide strong leadership to full-time and voluntary teams across the Association, ensuring that the ethos and values of the GAA are preserved. The successful candidate was not only an exceptional business leader but someone of strong financial management and commercial acumen who has proved over time the ability to work seamlessly with the other stakeholders to realise the organisations business goals.

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