Michelle Cooper, chief executive of CDCF, awarded an MBE

MBE for Michelle

We are delighted to let you know that our chief executive, Michelle Cooper, is listed for an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year. The award is for her outstanding contribution to the community effort seen through the pandemic. Led by Michelle, the Foundation made £1million in grants in three months across Durham, Darlington and Teesside and is ongoing in its efforts to help communities survive and recover.  

“It is the privilege of my life to have been part of a response far greater than any one person, and to do my bit for our fantastic network of Community Foundations. 


Everything we do is about teamwork and I really feel that I must accept this on behalf of the groups and individuals we are able to fund through County Durham Community Foundation, and our generous supporters.  

Without the team, which is really hundreds of people – the businesses and individuals that support us, the groups we fund, our trustees and our staff team, we wouldn’t have been able to help in the way that we did. I want to thank every single person who made our emergency grant-making possible, and who turned those grants into such far-reaching, live saving care.” 

To learn more about the Foundation’s work through the pandemic, please read our report.