John Stopford Scholarship

John Stopford Scholarship Winners 2019 - 2020

John Stopford was one of Meyler Campbell’s most esteemed community members. John was a dedicated teacher and a joyful learner right up until his untimely death in 2011.  On that sad occasion one colleague said the learning and coaching community had lost its exemplar - the only one who mastered the complete range from full-power strategic advice, right through to “truly listening to the tiniest whisper of what the client wanted inside.”  In offering this scholarship Meyler Campbell continues to honour John’s memory by offering a valuable learning opportunity to someone who might not otherwise have access to it.  The aims of the scholarship programme are to develop great coaches and grow coaching capability in the charity sector while also building greater sector diversity and understanding within the Meyler Campbell community.

Meet our 2019-2020 John Stopford Scholarship winners, Jo Youle and Adebisi Alimi.

Jo Youle


Jo is the CEO of Missing People, a charity dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back together with their families.

She has a vision for coaching in the third sector and society as a whole to help transform the chances for people from all walks of life. Jo's aim is to build a network of coaches with a mission to provide coaching to people who may otherwise not be able to access it.

Adebisi Alimi


Bisi is currently developing a start-up that is focused on holistic diversity and inclusion support for companies in emerging markets. His aim is to help companies to have bold and uncompromising D&I policies, principles and mechanisms in place whilst shaping a new generation of self-aware and self-conscious leaders.

Bisi set up the Bisi Alimi Foundation in 2015 which works towards the acceptance of the LGBT Community in Nigeria.

Application Process

Each year we offer a free place on the Mastered programme to a leader from the charity sector. The programme is one of the most widely recognised and reputable Executive Coach training programmes in the UK. The Mastered Programme was awarded the European Quality Award (as conferred by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council) and is accredited by the Association for Coaching. See for more information about Meyler Campbell and the Mastered Programme.

Entry criteria

Applicants for the scholarship must demonstrate that they meet the standard entry criteria for the programme and they must be working in the charity sector in either an employed or voluntary capacity. To be considered for the programme applicants must:

  • Be business credible i.e. have a significant track record of experience and knowledge of their own sector such that they have credibility to coach senior leaders in the sector.
  • Have an intrinsic interest in learning to coach at a high level.
  • This programme represents a transformational journey for learners and therefore is not appropriate for anyone who has recently experienced a significant loss or personal trauma.
  • Be open to new learning and personal development including self-reflection.
  • Be able to make a unique contribution to our coaching community.


In addition, applicants must:

  • Intend to and can demonstrate how they will use their training for charitable purposes and how the lives of others will be improved as a result.


Application process:

  • Contact Meyler Campbell at for more information and an application form.
  • Email to by Friday 13 November 2020:
    • Completed background information form
    • Up-to-date CV
    • Supporting Statement detailing why you feel you should be the recipient of the Scholarship
  • Interviews will be held electronically via Zoom on Wednesday 9 December and Thursday 10 December 2020.