Manor House Development Trust (MHDT) is delighted to have won a Queens Award for Enterprise 2017 – Sustainable Development.

Now in its 10th Anniversary Year, MHDT has worked with thousands of individuals and community organisations creating social enterprises; community organisations and projects as well as raising and spending £millions on its local community.

MHDT has a mission of creating a place where people live happily. Their strategy is based on the creation of a resilient and sustainable community, which has been achieved through a unique five keystone approach: Connecting; Empowering; Influencing; Creating Space and Organisation.

This award is the 2nd UK National Award that MHDT has won this year after taking the SE100 Impact Champion Award in January 2017 (links below).

Simon Donovan has been the Chief Executive Officer of MHDT since 2008. He said:

We are absolutely delighted to have won a Queens Award for Enterprise for our Sustainability. MHDT is an organisation which has the local community at heart. In 10 years we have built an organisation in extremely challenging conditions and have since delivered innovative projects which have improved the lives of 1,000s. We congratulate and thank everyone involved.

Darren Parker MHDT Chair and longest serving Trustee said:

We are so proud to have won this Award which is confirmation of the great work that we have delivered over the last ten years. MHDT has had huge impact on the regeneration of Woodberry Down with our focus on employability, community resilience to climate change, health & wellbeing and arts and creativity. We are unique as a commercially-driven community hub, and ensure our services deliver value for money, engage with businesses, and create lasting benefits for all our residents.


Our CEO Simon Donovan was shortlisted for the Leadership category in this year’s NatWestSE100 Awards.