ABOUT US

Brakeley Europe and Partners is a group of fundraising and management consultancies serving the not for profit sector throughout the world. Our common objective is to provide global best practice in fundraising, philanthropic and related consulting to not for profit organisations.

Our consultants

Our consultants are selected because they have significant fundraising experience. Many have been staff members at key institutions and/or have led major development initiatives.

Our international network provides the analysis and personnel to counsel you on all aspects of your fundraising on a local, national or international scale.

Principles of Professional Practice

Alison Graham
Alison GrahamUnited Kingdom
Alison has worked with Brakeley since 2007 for a range of clients across several sectors including culture and higher education, as well as with her own clients, particularly in independent education. In 2010-11, she was Interim Director of Development at St Catherine’s Bramley, closing out a major capital campaign for this leading independent school.
Astrid von Soosten
Astrid von SoostenGermany
Of her more than 20 years in fundraising Astrid has spent 10 years working as a frontline fundraiser in the US educational sector, working initially for a private school and later as Senior Development Director for the University of California. For many years she has specialized in major donor fundraising and strategy development. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and also trained as Somatic Coach offering leadership coaching and training to executives in the non-profit sector.
Arnaud Marcilhacy
Arnaud MarcilhacyFrance
Arnaud helps non-profit institutions to raise major gifts in France, French-speaking Belgium, Switzerland and Africa. He has directed major fundraising campaigns in France for organisations like Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Ecole Centrale Paris and Fondation Napoléon, as well as abroad for institutions like the Musée de la Croix Rouge et du Croissant Rouge in Geneva and the Fondation Briser le Silence in Kinshasa.
Bruno van Dyk
Bruno van DykUnited Kingdom
Bruno van Dyk has over 20 years of experience in development work and university advancement on every continent, except South America. During this time, he has led major university advancement endeavors, exceeding targets in income and alumni engagement. Most recently, he served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University.
Carsten Vogel
Carsten VogelUnited Kingdom
Carsten has worked in the think tank and NGO sector both in London and Germany before moving into higher education development working at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Queen Mary University London. He offers over 14 years of experience in fundraising, strategic communications and program management.
Claire Brownlie
Claire BrownlieUnited Kingdom
Claire joined Brakeley Ltd in 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.
Gaby Murphy
Gaby MurphyIreland
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 several 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.
Gisela Keller
Gisela KellerUnited States
Gisela Keller has worked with leaders of global nonprofits, foundations and private companies all over the world. Before her consulting career, Gisela was a program officer at the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Head of Public Affairs at Dresdner Bank, steering corporate philanthropy and Program Director at the Armonk Institute.
Goran Radin
Goran RadinSwitzerland
Goran Radin is since more than 20 years active in the field of philanthropy, expert for Major Donor fundraising. After a career in Private Banking for international and Swiss clients (UHNWIs and HNWIs) he develops strategies for non-profit-organizations to implement Major Donor fundraising campaigns. For financial institutions he creates philanthropy strategies in order to serve the needs of their clients.
Henric Nummi-Södergren
Henric Nummi-SödergrenSweden
Henric joined Brakeley in 2019. He has previously worked with fundraising for UNICEF Sweden in 2014-2015 and 2018-2019, where he successfully developed the organization´s F2F-operation during an expansion phase. As the president of Stockholm university student union 2016-2018, he led change processes in an NGO with over 16.000 members.
Hugh Aldridge
Hugh AldridgeUnited Kingdom
Hugh specializes in corporate engagement, partnerships and fundraising. In 2014 – 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 worked with corporate engagement at many other universities, including MIT and UC Berkeley.
Hugues de Maisonneuve
Hugues de MaisonneuveFrance
Hugues has more than 20 years of experience in the universe of sports and cultural partnerships and joined Brakeley in 2017. Hugues has participated in campaigns in France, like that of the Foundation for the Memory of Slavery. In Switzerland, he has worked for the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage. Hugues works as a tutor in the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair.

Inger Stern
Inger SternSweden
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.
Johan Wennström
Johan WennströmSweden
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.
Johannes Ruzicka
Johannes RuzickaGermany
Johannes Ruzicka became a fundraiser in 2002. He started as the head of the fundraising department at TU 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.
John Kelly
John KellyUnited Kingdom
John is a pioneer in British and European fundraising. Before becoming a consultant, John was the CEO of Regent’s College, London. As a fundraising consultant he has advised clients in many countries throughout the world. He was the first consultant to introduce capital campaigns into several European countries including Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, and many others.
Julian Marland
Julian MarlandUnited Kingdom
Julian started his working life as a banker in the City of London and since 1994 has been a professional fundraiser, working in the cultural sector for the British Museum, Southbank Centre and most recently West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, where he lived from 2008-19. He joined Brakeley in 2003, working for clients in Europe and Asia, and running Brakeley Asian operations from 2007-12; he rejoined the firm as an associate consultant in 2020, while also serving as Development Director for a top London girls school.
Kathy Seligman
Kathy SeligmanUnited Kingdom and United States
Kathy has extensive cross-sector experience in major gift fundraising. She is particularly interested in helping institutions of all sizes establish sustainable donor relationships. Passionate about increasing opportunities, Kathy developed and implemented campaign strategies for the Global Business Coalition for Education and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and founded Nola4Women.

Konstantin Reetz
Konstantin ReetzGermany
Konstantin has been active as a fundraising consultant since 2005. He has extensive experience in building and developing fundraising operations for universities and NGOs in the German-speaking region. Previously he worked as a senior business analyst for Roland Berger and finished a PhD degree in molecular biology at TU Munich.
Lucy Blythe
Lucy BlytheUnited Kingdom
Lucy has over 30 years’ US, UK, EU and African experience. After a career raising millions for culture and the environment, she founded Philia International in 2009 to transform boards and non-profit leadership. She now acts as strategic adviser to non-profits, intergovernmental organisations and philanthropists, for instance establishing the CERN & Society Foundation and leading organisational development for Afrobarometer.
Olof Hugander
Olof HuganderSweden
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.
Pekka Lehtinen
Pekka LehtinenFinland
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.
Per Leander
Per LeanderSweden
Per joined Brakeley in 2019. He has a broad experience of leadership positions within the non-profit sector. He previously worked as the secretary general of Friends Foundation 2017-2019 and the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation 2012-2017, enabling both organizations to exceed fundraising targets. He currently serves as the chair of Giva Sverige, the Swedish Fundraising Association.
Peter Buss
Peter BussSwitzerland
Peter Buss has more than 20 years of consulting and operational experience in NPO management and fundraising, especially capital campaigns, foundation fundraising and strategic fundraising planning. He founded www.stiftungschweiz.ch, the leading online platform for foundations in Switzerland. He also co-founded the Swiss Philanthropy Roundtable Zurich.
Serge Honegger
Serge HoneggerSwitzerland
Serge Honegger specializes in dramaturgy, public relations and sponsorship. He studied literature, art history and organization theory. He obtained his doctorate from the University of St Gallen (HSG), publishing on leadership concepts. He currently works as a philanthropy consultant for Impact Partners in Basel as well as an artistic advisor at the Bavarian State Opera. Serge Honegger has launched numerous fundraising campaigns for artistic projects and, together with Goran Radin, develops strategies for financial institutions and non-profit organizations to implement Major Donor fundraising campaigns.