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.
James is the only son of Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, the last Rajah Muda of Sarawak. Born in 1940, James spent time in Sarawak during his father’s term of rule before being evacuated to England on the eve of the Japanese invasion. Known as Rajah at school, and raised with short-lived prospects of rule, James takes a passionate interest in maintaining the Brooke connection with Sarawak.
Jason is the son of James Brooke. 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.
The son of James and 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 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.
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'.