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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 strategic direction, legal and financial compliance of the charity, this board is drawn from members of the Brooke Family and other global citizens with a connection to Sarawak.

 

  Jason Brooke

Jason is the grandson of Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, the last Rajah Muda of Sarawak. He serves as President of the Sarawak Association, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and is a Member of the Borneo Research Council. As Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jason leads the Board in setting the strategic direction of the charity to achieve its objects, while also taking responsibility for the leadership of the Brooke Museums in Kuching.   

 

Laurence Brooke

Brother of Jason, Laurence is a keen traveller and designer, and 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 at Fort Margherita and the Ranee Museum at the Old Court House.

 

  Kate Brooke

A business intelligence professional with almost a decade of public-private partnership experience, Kate is married to Jason and joined the Board of Trustees following more than six years as a volunteer with the charity. Through her volunteering she has brought extensive marketing and communications expertise to our projects and continues to support across several areas, as well as the ongoing strategic development and growth of the charity..

 

May Trimmer

May Trimmer (née Ngui) serves as independent Trustee on the Board.  She brings to the charity over 30 years of corporate experience as a senior executive of a leading global professional services firm, including 9 years as a member of its global board. Raised in Sarawak and having lived abroad for over 40 years, she has always felt that the unique Brooke history serves as to connect Sarawakians and other communities around the globe. She began with the charity as a volunteer working with Jason to deliver the Trust's early projects and now as a Trustee to advance the charity's strategic objectives. 

 

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