Alfred Brooke-Smith was the Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council for 2 years from 1920 to 1922.
Brooke-Smith was born on 3 November 1874 in Yokohama, Japan and received his education there.
He also served as Managing Director of Jardine Matheson & Co. At the age of 16, he joined the firm of Findlay Richardson in Yokohama. In 1897, he joined Jardine Matheson & Co as an assistant in their Import and Cotton Mill Department in Hong Kong.
On 1 May 1918, we was appointed a Director and was Senior Director at Shanghai from 1919 to 1926. He was also Managing Director in 1924-5. He served on the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1917 and, in 1919, became Vice-Chairman.
In 1920 he became Chairman of the Council and served in that position until 1922. He retired in 1926 and returned to England. He died on 6 April 1938 at Martley Hall, Suffolk, England.