MEET THE TEAM

Clients are served by a team of consultants with a broad and deep expertise and decades of experience.
The UK team also often work with our international network of consultants.

UK TEAM

Claire Brownlie
Claire BrownlieManaging Director and Partner
Claire joined Brakeley Ltd in June 2019 as Managing Director and Partner. She has worked in Advancement (PR, Alumni Engagement and Fundraising) in the UK Higher Education sector since the mid 1990s, most recently as Director of Development at Queen Mary University of London where she was responsible for a team delivering alumni engagement, regular giving and major gifts from individuals, corporates, charities, trusts and foundations.
John Kelly
John KellyDirector and Partner
John Kelly is a pioneer in British and European fundraising. Before becoming a consultant, John was the CEO of Regent’s College, London. As a fundraising and management consultant he has advised clients in many countries throughout the world, some large and some very small. He was the first consultant to introduce capital campaigns into several European countries including Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Belgium and many others.
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 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.

Helen Trott
Helen TrottSenior Consultant
Helen Trott is a highly skilled leader with 30 years experience of developing and implementing relationship management strategies both in the UK and internationally and a proven track record of taking relationship management operations from start-up and building successful programmes and teams.

Between 2000 – 2016, Helen was the Director of Development, Alumni Relations & Events at Kingston University.

Bruno van Dyk
Bruno van DykSenior Consultant
Bruno van Dyk has over 20 years of experience in development work, university advancement and international collaboration across multiple countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Gulf States, Europe, the UK and North America. During this time, he has led major university advancement endeavours, in both South Africa and the UK, exceeding targets in income and alumni engagement. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, UK & Europe, Grenzebach Glier & Associates and, previously, for 5½ years as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University, UK.
Alison Graham
Alison GrahamSenior Consultant
Alison has worked with Brakeley since July 2007 for a range of clients across several sectors including culture, heritage and higher education, as well as with her own clients, particularly in independent education.

During the 2010-11 academic year, she was Interim Director of Development at St Catherine’s Bramley, closing out a major capital campaign for this leading independent school.

Hugh Aldridge
Hugh AldridgeSenior Consultant
Hugh Aldridge specializes in corporate engagement, partnerships and fundraising. From 2014 to 2016 he was Head of Development – Corporate at the University of Oxford, where he was responsible for increasing the breadth and depth of the University’s engagements with companies around the world. Previously Hugh has managed corporate engagement and special initiatives at MIT, UC Berkeley in the USA and at the universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester, and at Imperial College in the UK. His recent clients have included the Bat Conservation Trust, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, the London Song Festival, Aalto University in Finland, and the University of Sussex.
John Rick
John RickSenior Consultant
For nearly thirty years John Rick has served as fundraising consultant to top-tier charities in the UK, EU and US, helping to raise tens of millions of Sterling, Euros and Dollars—in sustainable fashion.

He has voluminous experience with mission-driven capital campaigns—designing, staffing and managing or coaching clients to great success. Most of his capital campaign affiliations concluded above their goal. He has transformed annual giving programs, typically bolstering results exponentially in relatively short periods of time.

Johannes Ruzicka
Johannes RuzickaPartner
Johannes Ruzicka became a fundraiser in 2002. He started as the head of the fundraising department at Technical University Munich and has, since 2005, been supporting over 60 different organisations in Europe as a fundraising consultant. Clients include Vienna University of Economics and Business, EMBL – European Molecular Biology Laboratory, UNICEF and Berlin Cathedral.
Astrid von Soosten
Astrid von SoostenPartner
Astrid von Soosten used to be head of resource development at EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. Previously, she was senior director of development, University of California Santa Cruz; director of library development, University of California Santa Cruz; and development director, Santa Cruz Waldorf School.
Johan Wennström
Johan WennströmManaging Director
Johan Wennström helped universities in Sweden, Finland and Norway to develop alumni relations programs in the late 1990s and early 2000s (as co-founder of Mira Network). He started collaborating with Brakeley in 2005, and became Managing Director of Brakeley Nordic in 2010.
Inger Stern
Inger SternPartner / Senior Consultant
Inger Stern joined Brakeley in 2016. Between 2003-2015, Inger Stern worked as Fundraising Director at Linköping University. She helped the university set up their fundraising operation and then led two capital campaigns. Inger also has extensive experience of managing strategic partnerships between Linköping University and corporations.
Olof Hugander
Olof HuganderSenior Consultant
Olof re-joined Brakeley Nordic as a Senior Consultant in 2018, having previously worked for Brakeley Ltd, in 2008-2010. He also worked for 8 years at the Knowledge Foundation in Sweden, one of the nation’s largest grantmakers.
Åsa Formo
Åsa FormoConsultant
Åsa joined Brakeley Nordic in 2016. She previously worked with fundraising, communication and process development 2013-2016 at Blomsterfonden, a NGO working with elderly care and senior housing. Åsa also has experience from the school sector as co-founder and part of the management team of an elementary school.
Pekka Lehtinen
Pekka LehtinenSenior Associate Consultant
Before joining Brakeley, Pekka worked 23 years at the oldest and one of the leading Finnish corporate law firms, and has also worked in law firms and a commercial bank in USA. Since 2015 Pekka has been in the Board of Kiasma Support Foundation and he has been acting as the chairman of the Board since 2017. Kiasma is the leading contemporary art museum in Finland.
Peter Rohmée
Peter RohméeSenior Associate Consultant
Peter joined Brakeley as a Senior Consultant in 2005. Previously Peter was working for the World Maritime University in Malmö (UN), Sweden. Peter served as Interim Campaign Director for Karolinska Institutet for a period of eight months during Karolinska Insititutet’s first ever capital campaign.
Göran Felldin
Göran FelldinChairman of the Board
In 2004, Göran Felldin joined Linköping University as Director of Marketing and subsequently as Director of Collaboration and External Relations. During his time at Linköping University, the university carried out their first two fundraising campaigns.
Harriet Wallberg
Harriet WallbergMember of the Board
Harriet was President of Karolinska Institutet 2004-2012 and Director General of Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) 2014-2016. Harriet Wallberg led the first capital campaign of Karolinska Institutet.
Magnus Bratt
Magnus BrattMember of the Board
Magnus Bratt is CEO and founder of Mira Network. Mira Network helps universities unlock the value of their External Relations through CRM Solutions especially designed for Higher Education.

BRAKELEY EUROPE & PARTNERS ASSOCIATES​

William J Conner
William J ConnerConner & Associates (UK)
Bill began his consulting career in 1999 and in 2001 became a director of Brakeley Ltd where he served a wide range of clients in the UK, Continental Europe and the US. He has also served as Director of Development at New College, University of Oxford and the Ashridge Business School. Prior experience includes senior management and fundraising roles with the London Business School, the San Francisco and Miami Operas, the Castle Hill Foundation and the Boston University School for the Arts.
Gaby Murphy
Gaby MurphyPurplegrass Charity Consulting (Ireland)
Gaby has over 25 years’ experience in raising funds for not for profit and arts organisations in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US. She worked in fundraising roles for a number of charities in the UK and Ireland, before establishing her consultancy in 2011. Clients include National Gallery of Ireland, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Ireland) and the Irish Cancer Society.
Lucy S Blythe
Lucy S BlythePhilia International (UK)
Lucy S Blythe has over 30 years of experience in US and UK not-for-profits. She started her fundraising career at the San Diego Museum of Art. As Chief Executive of the Kew Foundation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she completed a governance review, developed the Board and increased voluntary income by 400%, raising over £41 million. At the Victoria and Albert Museum, between 1999 and 2002, she completed the £31 million British Galleries Campaign. She now focuses on board development.
Nicolas Boulan
Nicolas Boulan Altercofi (France)
Nicolas Boulan joined Brakeley in 2007 and since then has been involved in feasibility studies for non-profit organizations such as Réseau Entreprendre and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, engineer & science institutes like Ecole des Mines de Nantes and CPE Lyon, leading business schools like EDHEC and Esc Rouen as well as Université Panthéon – Assas, France’s first university in law and Université St Joseph de Beyrouth, Libanon, one of the first Middle East universities.
Peter Buss
Peter BussPeter Buss Fundraising (Switzerland)
Peter Buss is one of the leading management and fundraising consultants in Switzerland. He has more than 20 years of consulting and operational experience in NPO management and fundraising, specially capital campaigns, foundation fundraising and strategic fundraising planning. Founder of www.stiftungschweiz.ch, the leading online plattform and register of foundations in Switzerland. Co-founder of the Swiss Philanthropy Roundtable Zurich.
Gisela Keller
Gisela KellerKeller & Associates (United States)
Gisela Keller has worked with leaders of global nonprofits, foundations and private companies across American, European and Latin American markets. Before her consulting career, Gisela was a program officer at the Goldman Sachs Foundation (New York), Head of Public Affairs at Dresdner Bank (Frankfurt), steering corporate philanthropy; Program Director at the Armonk Institute (New York); and Program Officer for International Affairs at the governor’s office in the German federal state of Brandenburg.
Anne Voboril Conner
Anne Voboril ConnerPhilanthropy Consultant (United States)
With particular expertise in major gift fundraising, research, analysis and benchmarking, Anne Voboril Conner works with international institutions most often representing them in the US. She was the Associate Director of Development for New College, University of Oxford, where her work focused on US prospect development and has done similar work for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (Oxford University) and many more European organisations looking to raise funds in the US.
Shawn E O'Hara
Shawn E O'HaraO'Hara Management Consultants (Singapore and USA)
Shawn is a Certified Fundraising Executive with more than 25 years of global experience in the nonprofit sector. Her work in Singapore includes leading the Social Service Institute’s adult educator governance program, which included developing their governance curriculum, working with Singapore’s cultural leader – National Gallery Singapore – in delivering major gifts stewardship and moves management training and advice, and teaching new strategies in fundraising for SMU (Singapore Management University).
Ibrahim Al-Turki
Ibrahim Al-TurkiWafi International (Saudi Arabia)
ibrahim Al-Turki is the founder and CEO of Wafi International, the first company in the Arab Gulf region, specialized in the development of non-profit organizations and social responsibility programs. Ibrahim is a strategy consultant of many wealthy donor individuals and families in the Arab Gulf region — who are actively involved in philanthropic works, through their dedicated endowments/ trust funds, donor institutions, charitable associations, and/or corporate social responsibility programs related to their businesses.