BECON welcomes our new Executive Director, John McCorry.

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John McCorry – Executive Director – BECON

The Board of Trustees are delighted to welcome John McCorry as the new Executive Director of BECON.

John took up his post on the 17th July 2017 and writes:

“With over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector I am enthusiastic about the promotion of social justice and a civic society that delivers equal opportunities for all its citizens. These values are key factors in my joining BECON as its Executive Director. I believe that both education and aspiration unlock the potential to realise new ambition and improve lives.  Valuing people and investing in their wellbeing is fundamental in shaping a shared future for our communities. This offers a means of transcending poverty and disadvantage for better opportunities.

As Chief Executive of a regeneration partnership in Belfast I have a track record in project management in some of the most disadvantaged and divided communities in Northern Ireland.  I have delivered a range of significant socio-economic initiatives designed to empower people and to improve the communities and environments in which they live and work.  Working closely with stakeholders, I have forged solid relationships and led multi-sector partnerships that delivered community benefit and a social return on programme investment.  As an advocate for socio-economic inclusion my work with local government, public sector employers and the business community has helped build sustainable communities through improved access to services.  At BECON we are passionate about making a meaningful difference for the people and agencies we support.

My commitment to the community and voluntary sector is longstanding and I have a particular interest in initiatives that increase educational attainment, employability and wellbeing. I believe this empowers people and improves their life opportunities.  These values are grounded by my own experiences and learning pathways. I am a graduate of Ulster University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Public Policy and Management and a Masters’ Degree (MSc) in Business Improvement.  I have held directorships and been chairperson with a number of voluntary and community organisations dedicated to community development. This knowledge and understanding will guide me in my work at BECON. “