About Conan Sharman
Conan Sharman qualified as a plumber in June 1996 after a 5 year apprenticeship with John Bean Plumbing in Durban, South Africa. He subsequently set up his own business, which he ran successfully for a year. A year down the line however, his career path took a different direction, as the talented sportsman was given the opportunity to further his rugby career, and was offered a professional contract with London Scottish FC, thanks to a British Passport acquired through his Aberdeen-born father.
In August 1997, he travelled overseas with fellow Natal Shark and ex-Springbok and Scotland hooker, John Allan, and spent 2 years in London before moving north to Edinburgh, where he spent 7 years with Edinburgh Reivers/Rugby. During his time in Edinburgh, he represented Scotland ‘A’, Scotland Sevens and Barbarians FC, and it was also here that he met his wife, Fiona.
After his playing career ended, Conan spent a year coaching in Ireland before going back to the tools in 2005, working for Skill Express in Edinburgh.
In February 2007, Conan and his family moved to Durban, South Africa. He successfully set up and ran Goya Plumbing there until July 2011. During his time in South Africa, he and his staff carried out general plumbing duties alongside the bigger projects such as new builds and renovations. He worked well with companies such as L B C Lenco Construction Ltd and Bancamp Trading, the latter for which he started his project management portfolio with a R2million house renovation.
With a young family ready to start school, the decision was made to return to Edinburgh. A short stint with Boscollo Bathrooms served as a refresher of the Scottish plumbing system after which Conan Sharman – Plumbing and Maintenance was formed.