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Who We Are

Who We Are

A UK charity governed by a Board of Trustees drawn chiefly from members of the Brooke Family, our work is taking us beyond a family-run organisation to a dynamic body with advisers, volunteers and supporters drawn from Sarawak and around the world.

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The Trust continues its work through the generosity of our supporters and is reliant on donations to fund its projects

The Trustees

Responsible for the legal and financial compliance of the charity, this body is chiefly drawn from among members of the Brooke Family with a connection to Sarawak.

 

Jason Brooke

Jason is the grandson of Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, the last Rajah Muda of Sarawak. Born in London in 1985, he holds an MPhil in International Relations from Trinity College Dublin. A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, Board Member of the Sarawak Association and the British Malaysian Society, he also serves as Director of the Brooke Trust. In the latter role he is responsible for the strategic direction, as well as the day to day operation of the charity. 

 

Laurence Brooke

Brother of Jason, Laurence was born in London in 1983. A keen traveller and designer, he takes a great interest in the practical design aspects of our projects, flying in to support on fabrication and installation stages. He was most recently responsible for designing the micro-climate display cases for the Brooke Gallery. 

 

Gita Brooke

Gita is the widow of the last Rajah Muda, Anthony Brooke.  Born in Denmark in 1931, in 1978 she and Anthony embarked upon a 10-year journey promoting right human relations in the farthest corners of the world, eventually settling in the town of Whanganui, New Zealand where Gita still lives.  Gita founded with Anthony in 1975 the UN accredited NGO, OPTU, and continues to lead its work in promoting a culture of peace. 

 

Advisory Panel

The Trust’s Advisory Panel is composed of subject matter experts in a diverse range of fields.  Advice from this panel informs the various activities and projects we undertake.  

 

Professor Robert Reece

Eminent historian Professor Reece is widely acknowledged as the foremost authority on the history of the Brookes of Sarawak. His doctoral thesis, published in 1982, The Name of Brooke provides the only detailed scholarly study of the end of White Rajah rule in Sarawak and of the indigenous political movement dedicated to its restoration. He has published widely on Sarawak history, and is currently working on a biography of Rajah Charles Brooke

 

Dr John Ting

Dr John Ting is an architect and architectural historian from Sarawak whose PhD at the University of Melbourne focused on the timber forts of the Brooke Raj in Sarawak. He has written widely on 'synchretic architecture' during the Brooke period, a fusion of influences from the diverse communities that made up Sarawak, 'an architectural reflection of [the Brooke's] unusual approach to governance'.

 

Volunteers

We are incredibly fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers helping with the Trust’s work.  To learn more about our volunteers and volunteering for the Trust, go to volunteers page

Friends of the Trust

Friends of the trust

Friends of the Trust have made large contributions over the past year to the development of the Rebuilding Royalist Project, the Brooke Gallery, and the digitisation of historic papers