Claire Brownlie, BSc, MA

Pro-Chancellor, appointed by the Council until 2025.

Claire Brownlie


  • Managing Director and Partner, Brakeley Ltd (2019- )
  • Coach and Consultant, Claire Brownlie Consulting (2019- )
  • Director of Development, Queen Mary University of London (2018-2019)
  • Deputy Director, The University of Manchester (2012-2018)
  • Head of Alumni, The University of Nottingham (2009-2012)
  • Various roles at The University of Sheffield (1996–2006)
  • President, The University of Sheffield, Union of Students (1995-1996)

Membership of University committees 

  • Council
  • Council Audit & Risk Assurance Committee
  • Council Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Council Nominations Committee
  • Council Senior Remuneration Committee
  • Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Senate Nominations Committee

Professional interests

  • Fundraising and engagement best practice
  • External relations
  • Staff learning and development
  • Wellbeing in the workplace
  • Internationalisation and the interface between corporates and HE

Personal interests

  • Crime
  • Biomedical science developments
  • Politics

A global reputation

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.