History


Established in 1885, the Chamber has championed the cause of commercial, social and economic development in the North West for over 130 years.

Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is based in the former Fire Station at Hawkin Street in the heart of Derry city centre, close to the historic City Walls.

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Driven by the vision and dynamism of the leading lights of the local business community, the list of past presidents of the Chamber contains many names that are icons of the commercial sector in the region.

Derry’s strategic position as an Atlantic port means it has a long history as a key trading location and this was central to its commercial development, particularly as a destination for textile imports from North America.

By the mid-1700s the merchants of Derry were prospering and the port was home to over 65 ships. Through the 19th century shirt making boomed in Derry and this continued to be the main industry in the city until the second half of the 20th century.

Even during the toughest periods in the City’s at times turbulent history the Chamber has worked tirelessly to promote Derry as a business location and develop the infrastructure required to consolidate the city’s status as the North West’s commercial hub.

Now as Londonderry tells its new story as a culturally vibrant location with a thriving technology sector the Chamber continues its ceaseless work to champion the city’s commercial interests.

Past Presidents

Name Year
George Fleming 2017
Gavin Killeen 2015-2016
G Kindlon 2014 - 2015
P Gilliland 2012 - 2014
P Canavan 2011 - 2012
J Sammon 2009 - 2011
I Crowe 2007 - 2009
A M Slavin 2006
R Sterling, OBE 2004 - 2006
N Birthistle 2002 - 2004
A McClure, OBE, DL 2000 - 2001
J McDaid, FCA 1999
I Young, OBE, DL 1998 - 1999
J McGinnis, OBE 1996 - 1997
M G A Black B Sc, DBA 1994 - 1995
A Jackson, FCA 1992 - 1993
C B Doherty 1989 - 1991
R M Nicholson, MBE 1987 - 1988
L Hasson, MBE 1985 - 1986
S Buchanan 1983 - 1984
H Haslett 1981 - 1982
T E Howie 1979 - 1980
R G Toland, J P 1977 - 1978
J V Arthur, BSc 1975 - 1976
P E McCorkell, DL 1973 - 1974
F G Guckian, CBE JP DL 1971 - 1972
G Black, JP 1969 - 1970
J B Glover, FCA 1967 - 1968
D H Holmes 1965 - 1966
J Houston 1963 - 1964
W Mac Edmiston, JP 1961 - 1962
C D Stewart-Liberty 1959 - 1960
S R Cochrane, JP 1957 - 1958
D Gallagher 1955 - 1956
J C Piggot 1953 - 1954
W Hay 1951 - 1952
G Siddebottom, JP 1949 - 1950
J Goligher 1947 - 1948
A Richards, OBE, JP 1945 - 1946
E R Gordon, JP 1943 - 1944
S s Dowds, JP 1941 - 1942
J J Buchanan, CBE, JP 1939 - 1940
W H Carter, JP 1937 - 1938
Major J Colhoun, MC 1935 - 1936
J G Magee, JP 1933 - 1934
J McVeigh, JP 1931 - 1932
W Edmiston 1929 - 1930
W M Irons, JP 1927 - 1928
D S Irvine, OBE JP 1925 - 1926
R Watson, JP 1924
J C Glendinning , DL 1922 - 1923
F Gilliland, JP 1920 - 1921
Sir R N Anderson, DL 1918 - 1919
J H Welch, MBE 1916 - 1917
Sir J McFarland, Bt 1915
C O Neill 1914
D C Hogg 1913
Earl of Leitrim, HML 1912
J R Hastings 1911
Dr R H Todd, LLD 1910
G P Morrish 1909
M A Ballintine 1908
J B Mullin, DL, JP 1907
Sir J B Johnston 1905 - 1906
E T Herdman 1903 - 1904
W H Mee, JP 1901 - 1902
R Smyth, JP 1899 - 1900
J E Bigger 1897 - 1898
H Lane 1895 - 1896
A Wilson 1893 - 1894
G K Gilliland, JP 1891 - 1892
J Cooke, JP 1889 - 1890
W Tillie, JP, DL 1887 - 1888
B McCorkell, JP 1885 - 1886