Team Profiles

Board 2016

County Durham Community Foundation has a small team of dedicated staff who are work closely with the board of trustees, with the aim of delivering a quality service to donors and grant recipients alike. Please see below for a short summary of their roles and responsibilities.

You can contact all members of the team on 0191 378 6340.

Meet our team

Michelle Cooper
Michelle Cooper
Chief Executive

Michelle Cooper is Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation. Formerly an Investment Director at Northstar Ventures, Michelle worked across a wide range of investment funds delivering social impact and capital return across the North East. With almost 20 years’ experience in assessing business opportunities and raising finance, Michelle has previously worked in the technology transfer unit at the University of Manchester, before joining Codeworks in the North East as Corporate Finance Manager. This followed a number of commercial roles in the UK and Europe. Michelle holds a PhD from the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh.

T: 0191 378 6340
E: Michelle@cdcf.org.uk

Margaret Vaughan
Margaret Vaughan
Chief Operating Officer

Margaret manages the grants and finance functions, delivering measurable, cost-effective results and implementing larger scale projects. Working in partnership with the Chief Executive and board of trustees Margaret co-ordinates all internal operations. The Chief Operating Officer ensures that all grants programmes are delivered effectively, manages the human resources functions and guarantees the provision of strong financial support to the organisation.

T: 0191 378 6345
E: Margaret@cdcf.org.uk