The trustees and staff of the Queen’s Nursing Institute were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Michael Cooper, QNI Vice President, on 19th September 2022.

Michael Cooper was a patron appointed trustee of the QNI for 18 years, from 2003 until 2021 and served as Vice-Chair until 2013. He became a Vice President of the QNI in 2019. Michael also served as a member of the QNI’s Finance Committee for many years, he was also a grants advisor and the Chair of the ‘Support for Nurses’ annual review meeting throughout his time as a trustee.

As an active member of the Finance Committee, Michael gave very sage advice, having been the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK for many years prior to his retirement. Michael was also the link Trustee for the Support for Nurses function at the QNI throughout his time as a trustee. This included supporting the QNI Keep in Touch and Talk To Us programmes, meeting volunteers annually and also promoting the support of nurses through grants for financial hardship and education.

His contribution to the work of the QNI and to advancement of nursing in the community was outstanding.

We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family.

Michael was the most wonderful Trustee, Vice Chair and later Vice President. He was relentless in his active support of the QNI and I shall be forever grateful for his wisdom and kindness in supporting me as Chief Executive over the last nine years. He was a true champion of the Support for Nurses work of the QNI and was deeply committed to ensuring nurses in the community were supported with grants for financial hardship and education.  Michael was deeply interested in the work of all nurses in the community and their power to impact on peoples’ lives. He attended all QNI annual conferences and annual awards ceremonies and whilst there, he was always to be found animated conversation with nurses about the reality of their work. Michael was a true gentleman and he will be deeply missed by all at the QNI.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, Chief Executive, The QNI

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Michael Cooper our Vice-President. Michael was a very passionate supporter of community nurses who was committed to the work of the Queen’s Nursing Institute for more than 20 years. I was very proud to know him, work with him as a trustee and more recently as Chair of Council. His good grace, humour and considerable experience will be sorely missed. My condolences go to his wife and children and wider circle of friends.

Professor John Unsworth OBE, Chair of Council

Working alongside Michael on behalf of the QNI for over twenty years was a joy as were the conversations we had about everything under the sun often over a convivial lunch or dinner! He was knowledgeable, supportive and challenging in a most constructive way. I will miss him as a friend.

Zahir Fazal, QNI Vice-President

Both as Vice Chairman and as a member of the Finance Committee, Michael’s contribution was outstanding over such a long period - and it was always such fun working with him!

William Rathbone OBE, QNI Council Member

Michael was the most wonderful Vice Chair, friend and support when I was Chair. He always had time for a question, a discussion, or just a chat, offering such wise advice, which was invaluable. I shall so miss his kindness, generosity, and fun.

Ros Lowe CBE, QNI Council Member and QNI Fellow

We will always appreciate Michael’s wisdom and knowledge as the ‘Support for Nurses’ Trustee. He will be sorely missed for his support, his understanding and of course his sense of humour. His guidance over the years as Trustee for the QNI’s Financial Assistance Grants and our Keep in Touch programme has been invaluable. He was empathetic, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in people and we thank him for all he did for us over many years.

Support for Nurses Team (Jo Moorby, Education Grants Manager, Justine Curtis, Financial Assistance Officer and Suzanne Rich, Keep in Touch Programme Officer)

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