MEET THE TEAM
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Ibrahim Al-TurkiSaudi 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 also a strategy consultant for wealthy individuals and families in the Arab Gulf region that are actively involved in philanthropic work – through their dedicated endowments and trust funds, donor institutions, charitable associations, and corporate social responsibility programs of their businesses.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.