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 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.
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.
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 (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.
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'.