Our President & Honorary Vice Presidents

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall became Brooke’s first President in 2006. We also have three honorary vice presidents.

HRH the Duchess of Cornwall with Brooke Global Ambassador Monty Roberts

HRH the Duchess of Cornwall with HM the Queen and Brooke Global Ambassador Monty Roberts

With a lifelong passion for equine animals, the Duchess has visited our work in India, Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt, and regularly attends supporter events in both the UK and USA.

The Duchess said, "As President of this unique charity, I am proud to tell you that the Brooke reaches more working horses, donkeys and mules than any other animal welfare charity. For over 80 years, the Brooke has been sharing its experience and expertise to improve the welfare of working equines around the world. I have witnessed the Brooke’s work for myself in Petra, Jordan and in 2013 I was able to meet and personally thank Brooke staff in India for their role in Uttarakhand, where the Brooke India team provided emergency relief to stranded equines in various pockets of the flooding disaster affected area."

The Duchess of Cornwall with Ollie and Harry

Reading at Brooke's inaugural Christmas Carol Service

At the service, held in December 2018 at London's Guards' Chapel, the Duchess read from Grant Hayter-Menzies’s book The Lost War Horses of Cairo, which details the life of Dorothy Brooke. She and other guests were delighted to be met by Ollie the donkey and Harry the minature Shetland pony (pictured right) as they arrived at the service.

The event - also attended by gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and actor Peter Egan - raised over £26k for Brooke.

Horses have always played an important role in my life; my father was a cavalry man, who truly understood the life of a working horse. I am continually impressed by the thoughtful approaches the Brooke develops to engage with communities and change the way that people think about animal welfare

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

Honorary Vice Presidents
David Jones

David Jones

David has been closely involved with Brooke for over 40 years. He served as a trustee, as Vice Chairman (1973–1990) and as Chairman for 10 years. He is Chair of Brooke USA.

He has worked in more than 50 countries, mainly in Africa and the Middle East. He has been on the Councils of both World Wildlife Fund US and UK and is a former Chairman of Fauna and Flora International and a former Director of the North Carolina Zoological Park in the USA.

Ann Searight

A granddaughter of Dorothy Brooke, Ann served as a Brooke Trustee between 1979 and 2011.

Professionally involved in archaeology since 1960 as conservator and subsequently draughtsman, Ann has lived and worked extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia including Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Iran. Ann continued to be involved in these areas at the British Museum from 1972 until she retired in 2007.

Denys Bennett

Denys was a Brooke Trustee between 2001 and 2012.

He has held a variety of senior management posts during a 26-year career at British Telecom. Following that, he became an independent consultant advising in telecommunications and information technologies. During the 1990s Denys became involved in aid and reconstruction projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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