Brian McCrory elected Chairman of the World Council of Credit Unions

Media Release: 26 July 2017

Former Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) President Brian McCrory has been elected as the new Chairman of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). The announcement was made at the World Credit Union Conference, which was attended by around 1,600 credit union delegates from 58 different countries.

Mr McCrory will succeed Daniel Burns of the Canadian Credit Union Association in the role. He will be at the helm of a global institution which advocates internationally to improve regulation and legislation on behalf of member organisations in nearly 60 countries.

A teacher by profession, Mr McCrory began his involvement with the Irish credit union movement on the Board of Belfast Teachers Credit Union Limited. He was elected to the ILCU’s Supervisory Committee in 2003, and the ILCU Board in 2009. Between 2015 and 2017 he served as the ILCU President. In 2016 the World Credit Union Conference was held in Belfast – generating £3.7 million for the local economy.  While ILCU President, he also represented the Irish credit union movement on the WOCCU Board in the position of 1st Vice-Chairman. 

Following his election at the conference in Vienna, Mr McCrory said “I am truly honoured to take on the prestigious role of WOCCU Chairman. This organisation plays a hugely important role in supporting the global credit union movement through its international advocacy and lobbying work, as well as providing technical assistance programmes which greatly strengthen credit union movements.”

Mr McCrory continued “By championing the credit union and cooperative financial institution model globally, WOCCU improves lives worldwide by ensuring people have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services. I will work to continue, and build on, the successes already achieved by WOCCU and it will be my privilege to serve as Chairman of this esteemed organisation.”

Congratulating Mr McCrory, ILCU President Charles Murphy said “On behalf of the Irish League of Credit Unions I would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Brian who has been an integral member of the ILCU Board and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Irish credit union movement. He has contributed in a significant way to WOCCU for a number of years and I know he will be an exceptional Chairman.”

WOCCU is the global trade association and development agency for credit union movements around the world. Globally, 60,657 credit unions in 109 countries serve 223,000,000 people.


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