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
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. Previously, she was senior director of development and director of library development at University of California Santa Cruz.
Anne Voboril Conner
Anne Voboril ConnerUnited States
Anne Voboril Conner has extensive experience in major gift fundraising and has worked with several international institutions that aim to raise funds in the US. She was the Associate Director of Development for New College, University of Oxford and has done similar work for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation among others.
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.
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.
Henric Södergren
Henric 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.
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.
Jan Rakowicz
Jan RakowiczUnited Kingdom
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. 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.
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.
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 Blythe has over 30 years of experience in US and UK not-for-profits. As Chief Executive of the Kew Foundation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she completed a governance review, developed the Board and raised over £41 million. At the Victoria and Albert Museum she completed the £31 million British Galleries Campaign. She now focuses on board development.
Nicolas Boulan
Nicolas BoulanFrance
Nicolas Boulan joined Brakeley in 2007 and has since then been involved in feasibility studies for non-profit organizations such as Réseau Entreprendre and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, institutes like Ecole des Mines de Nantes and CPE Lyon, leading business schools like EDHEC and Esc Rouen – as well as Université St Joseph de Beyrouth, Lebanon.
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.
Peter Rohmée
Peter RohméeSweden
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.
Shawn O´Hara
Shawn O´HaraSingapore
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 and working with National Gallery Singapore – in delivering major gifts stewardship and advice.
William Conner
William ConnerUnited Kingdom
Bill began his consulting career in 1999 and has 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. Prior experience includes senior management and fundraising roles with the London Business School and the San Francisco and Miami Operas.