Our founder


Louise Da-Cocodia MBE 1934 - 2008


Determined to combat discrimination after the racism she experienced, Louise became one of Manchester's most important anti-racism campaigners and community activist.

Louise moved to England in 1955 after being invited by the government to train as a nurse in the newly formed NHS.

Hard work and determination saw Louise rise through the ranks to become Assistant Superintendent of District Nurses, the first Black senior nursing officer in Manchester. Despite her success, Louise faced discrimination and racism from patients and colleagues alike. 

"She was a woman of common sense, exceptional practicality and unusual perseverance. She stated that her reasons for becoming involved with the community was to help young Black people understand that this is their home, this is the society they live in, and that they have a part to play in developing it.”

Sarah Alicia Nisemi Da-Cocodia (Daughter)

Her experiences fuelled her determination to tackle race equality issues. Louise worked to make Manchester a better place. ​

In the 1960s and 70s, she served on regional Race Relations Board committees, handling complaints brought under brand new discrimination laws. In the 1980s she helped transport victims of the Moss Side riots to hospital and later sat on the Hytner inquiry panel investigating the causes of the unrest. She also researched and published a paper highlighting the effects of racism in nursing.

Louise believed passionately that everyone has the right to access housing, education and employment where they feel safe, secure and fulfilled. 

Her passion lives on in the work of the Louise Da-Cocodia Educational Trust. 

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Moved to England from Jamaica to train as a State Registered Nurse at St Olaves Hospital, London


Began her 26 year long career with the NHS (Berkshire County Council) as a midwife and health visitor

Married Edward (Ted) Da-Cocodia from Nigeria



Assistant Superintendent of District Nurses, Manchester



Birth of Richard Da-Cocodia



Birth of Sarah Da-Cocodia



Chairperson of the West Indian Organisation Co-ordinating Committee (WIOCC)



Associate Consultant at the North West Regional Health Authority Training Division.



Nominated to the Manchester Magistrates’ Bench​



Received the Manchester Race Award for improving race relations in the city and a member of the General Synod of the Church of England



Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and Member of the Court of the University of Manchester



Founding member of Cariocca Education Trust



Patron of the Nigerian Women’s Group, Manchester



Received an MBE for her tireless services in areas of community and race relations



Appointed a Lay Canon by Manchester Cathedral



Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust established in her memory