Jan Rakowicz
Jan RakowiczSenior Consultant

Jan has been a management consultant, systemic team coach and interim manager for over 20 years, working in a broad range of industries and across multiple European countries including UK, Poland, France, The Netherlands and Lithuania.

He joined Brakeley (formerly Mira Kelly) in 2014 and held the post of Managing Director from  February 2016 to March 2019. He has worked on major fundraising projects at the Parish of Great St Bartholomew in London, l’Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, University of Glasgow and University of Kent, and offered advice to several Polish universities as well as clients in the Middle East. In 2015 he held an interim post for 4 months as interim fundraising manager at Aalto University of Science and Technology in Finland with a focus on corporate fundraising activities. He has also advised the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan on its capital fundraising plans.

Prior to joining the not-for-profit sector he presented numerous investment proposals to financial and strategic investors whilst working for management consultancies, corporate finance advisory and financial advisory firms.

As a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and Monitor Company Jan prepared business strategies for large multinationals in the finance, beverage, distribution and pharmaceutical sectors as well as start-ups in healthcare and new technologies. As a project manager at BMF (a corporate finance advisory boutique) and MD of Societe Generale’s corporate finance subsidiary in Poland Jan created restructuring programmes for businesses requiring urgent organisational and financial restructuring, resulting in improved business performance and discussions with potential investors. Investors typically included strategic investors as well as banks, investment funds and private equity firms. While working for a financial advisor for the energy sector, Power Capital Ltd (FCA registered) he raised funds for renewable projects and wind farms.

Jan has worked at senior management and CEO level in small and mid-sized businesses. As Business Development Director of Haier Telecom Ltd he developed new business relationships with and sold selling mobile devices to European telecoms operators. As an interim practice manager Jan was placed in charge of reorganising a busy GP practice in London during a period of serious organisational instability. As interim CEO of a troubled furniture supplier with 1,000+ employees he was given 500k$ by IKEA to implement restructuring. He has also been an entrepreneur in the international money transfer market.

He has worked and lived in Poland for over 10 years since 1991 and still visits Warsaw many times per year.