About Our Founder

Louise Da-Cocodia


My mother, your aunt, cousin, friend and colleague was a wonderfully bright star, who illuminated many paths throughout her lifetime, and possessed an unending radiant energy with the ability to fill any room with its presence. …. As a child it never ceased to amaze me how she would always put my brother and I first and picking us up from school, spoiling us with birthday gifts and Christmas presents.

She loved to sing Bob Marley’s “no Woman No cry” was one of her all time favourites. My mother was fully committed to helping people recognise, develop and nurture their innate potential. Never self Interested, it was second nature for her to always put others before herself. Despite her various achievements and accolades, especially in areas of race relations, education and community development, she was a humorous, compassionate human being whose greatest joy was being a servant to the people.

She felt that man was more than the sum of his deeds and fears and to look beyond one’s own interest was a sense of nobility of spirit. She was a woman of common sense, exceptional practicality and unusual perserverance. 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.

Young Black people need role models around, not necessarily high profile ones… You can get what you want through hard work and determination, even with the prejudice that they will face from time to time. This is my honest belief.”

Sarah Alicia Nisemi Da-Cocodia


Profile 1955-2008

​1955 Moved to England from Jamaica to train as a State Registered Nurse at St Olaves Hospital, London

1963 Began her 26 year long career long career with the NHS (Berkshire County Council) as a midwife and health visitor

1964 Married Edward (Ted) Da-Cocodia from Nigeria

1966 Assistant Superintendent of District Nurses, Manchester

1968 Birth of Richard Da-Cocodia

1973 Birth of Sarah Da-Cocodia

1984 Chairperson of the West Indian Organisation Co-ordinating Committee (WIOCC)

1989 Associate Consultant at the North West Regional Health Authority Training Division.

1990 Nominated to the Manchester Magistrates’ Bench​

1995 Received the Manchester Race Award for improving race relations in the city and a member of the General Synod of the Church of England

1999 Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and Member of the Court of the University of Manchester

2001 Founding member of Cariocca Education Trust

2003 Patron of the Nigerian Women’s Group, Manchester

2005 Received an MBE for her tireless services in areas of community and race relations

2007 Appointed a Lay Canon by Manchester Cathedral

2008 Establishment of the Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust


Other notable duties and accomplishments

*Non -Executive member of Manchester Health Authority

*Board Member of Manchester Metropolitan University

*Governor of Trinity High School

*Governor at St Chrysostoms Church of England Primary School

*Founding member of Arawak Walton Housing Association

*Founding member of Moss Side and Hulme Women’s Action Forum

*Deputy Chair for the Manchester Council for Voluntary Service



I have memories of a strong, thoughtful, kind and visionary woman
-Lorraine Questell


My friendship with Louise has been a wonderful, caring, humorous and spiritual sisterly journey, spanning nearly twenty-five years. She was charming, intelligent, witty, discreet, honest, caring and a great “Woman’s Woman”. Louise was the real “WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE”….the indelible milestones that she has left for her community will live on
-Waveney Lloyd.


Louise was a dear friend and a true inspiration. Her achievements are well documented, but she will be remembered by those who knew her for her warmth and generosity of spirt. She touched the hearts of all who met her and her legacy will touch the lives of future generations.

-Fred Fredericks


She was a really inspirational person and a role model for the Moss Side and Longsight area – and also for her interest and great efforts to serve the community in so many ways through her work with the Housing Associations, particularly Arawak Walton and Moss Care and so many other community and Church groups.
-Jean Wheale


Graceful, wise and caring. The essence of Mrs D will remain in countless hearts and minds
-Carl Palmer


She was a great colleague on the governing body of Trinity High School and in the community was a good friend to many…she was also a much loved family friend
-Sarah Bullock


Louise made a considerable contribution to the work of the University…her outstanding service and wise guidance were greatly appreciated by all those who had the pleasure to work with her.
-Albert McMenemy


As well as her unstinting service to the community and the City of Manchester through the many offices she held throughout her public life, she was highly respected by all who knew her.
-Councillor Glynn Evans, Lord Mayor


We are very grateful for having had the benefit of Louise Da-Cocodia’s presence during her lifetime and believe our institution to be a better place as a result of her influence.
-Monica Box, Principal City College


…she showed love and compassion to many
-Doris and Jeanette Stanley & Nadia Hanley

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