A native of the U.K., Brookes lived and worked in London, Philadelphia, and Glasgow before moving to Seattle with her family in 2011. Before moving to the USA, Brookes was assistant to Christopher Hogwood and manager of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Brookes was Early Music Seattle's Development Director from 2015-2017, and she has also worked in Seattle for the Northwest Boychoir and for Pacific MusicWorks.
Brookes has degrees in French and Music from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University, Philadelphia. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Simon Woods.