Before being elected in 2020, Brooke ran a business with her husband Roger that trained stockbrokers, accountants, and financial advisers in their duties and obligations nationwide. Her professional financial background both in Australia and overseas, proved invaluable in that last election when Brooke was able to investigate the budgeting and economic structures of the Gold Coast City Council, uncovering issues with the city’s water charges.
She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Bachelor of Business degree and completed postgraduate tax law studies — all of which give her the credentials needed to understand and manage the complexities and demands of working as a city Councillor, overseeing the best use of your city’s rates and funding.
Brooke’s local based involvement saw her chairing the Benowa State School P&C for a number of years, interacting with parents and teachers and working to raise more than $100,000 in funds for numerous school projects.
Brooke comes with an impressive family legacy of public service.
As a child, she was often told stories of her great great uncle. H. V. Evatt, commonly known as Doc Evatt, who not only served as Australia’s Minister of External Affairs during World War II and later as Attorney General, but was also the elected President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the only Australian to have ever held the position.
“One of the stories I was told was about my great great uncle bending Winston Churchill’s ear, demanding and securing military aircraft, Spitfires, for the serving Australian airmen,’’ says Brooke.
“It’s just such an honour to have that legacy as part of our family history and it's something that inspires my own interest in public life, seeing what is needed to be done, and getting on with it for residents”.