Chamber director to retire after a quarter of a century

John Corcoran
John Corcoran

A businessman and community stalwart has stepped down as director of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce after almost 25 years of service.

At an age when most people are well into retirement, John Corcoran MBE (76) has only now decided to ease off, although he will continue to be both a member and fulfil the role of honorary president.

John’s long association with the then Allander chamber began when he was head of estates at St Andrew’s College in the early 1990s. He had a seat on the local enterprise forum and on economic development groups.

He was instrumental in creating the county-wide Dunbartonshire chamber in 2003 when Allander, West Dumbarton, and later Strathkelvin, amalgamated, and counts it as one of the major highlights of his career.

Soon afterwards John became the chamber’s development officer and then was its chief executive until 2010.

Since 2002 he has also been chairman and managing director of his own business, St Andrew’s College Language Schools Ltd, which is now based in Glasgow having outgrown its Dunbartonshire premises.

He is proud of the close relationship that has flourished between East and West Dunbartonshire councils.

He said: “I am very pleased that the relationship with the councils has blossomed.

“Small and medium-sized enterprises have to work very hard to keep their heads above water but it can be done – and the chamber can help with support, advice and networking opportunities.

“I would encourage every business to join the chamber and be a part of this organisation.”

John received an MBE in 2011 for services to business.