Suffolk Community Foundation’s team are incredibly proud to announce that their Chief Executive Stephen Singleton, has been recognised with an MBE for services to the community in Suffolk during Covid-19 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

I am absolutely thrilled but humbled to have been given such an honour at such a challenging time for our communities. I would like to share this award with my colleagues at Suffolk Community Foundation who have given their all to help the most vulnerable in our society, particularly during the Covid-19 emergency. This is for them too, a truly dedicated and exceptional team.

Can I also pay tribute to the vital contribution made by our local charities, community groups and the many volunteers who give so much of their time to help others. It really helps to make this wonderful county special.

Stephen Singleton

Chief Executive, Suffolk Community Foundation

I am absolutely delighted that Stephen’s phenomenal leadership of the Suffolk Community Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been honoured with such a wonderful award. He has worked tirelessly and to extraordinary effect to identify areas of vulnerability arising from the crisis, to raise huge financial support and to direct vital help with great speed to where it has been needed most.

Stephen has been at the helm of the Suffolk Community Foundation since its inception fifteen years ago and it is a tribute to his knowledge, skills and determination that the Foundation has developed into such an effective support to the voluntary sector. Stephen would be the first to acknowledge the heroic contribution of his fantastic team in delivering so much to the vulnerable in our county but his leadership has played a central part and I am so pleased that his contribution has been recognised in such a way.


George Vestey

Chairman of Suffolk Community Foundation & CEO of Vestey Holdings

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