ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Professor David Megginson who passed away on 21 July 21 2021.

David was professor of HRD at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK where he founded the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit, an author of multiple seminal books on coaching and mentoring,  a dedicated listener, an experienced coach/mentor, EMCC co-founder (1982) and Special Ambassador,  and an obsessive runner.

'David Megginson was more than a good friend and colleague, both to me and to the EMCC. He was a true pioneer, a powerfully perceptive thinker, rigorous academic, and one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever met.'  Professor David Clutterbuck, EMCC co-founder and Special Ambassador
Posted by John Lambert on July 30, 2021
I knew David as a friend and as a student. He became a friend through the Saturday morning running group in Endcliffe Park. He was erudite, a polymath, immensely humane and kind. When he and others set up the Sheffield Hallam Masters degree in coaching and mentoring I signed up enthusiastically, and it was a great learning experience, thanks to David and his colleagues. After graduation our friendship continued actively until a few months before his death. I miss his company enormously. He had such a broad range of interests and an ability to communicate enthusiasm as well as knowledge. I am a better person for his friendship and teaching.
Posted by Sheila Udall on July 30, 2021
The world feels a sadder place without David's smile. He was an amazing teacher, writer, coach and wonderfully wise and warm human being, who shared his knowledge so generously and gently. My favourite quote on coaching is David's reply to the question "Why have it?" when he simply said  "Who does not appreciate a good listening to".
I am so grateful to have known you - thank you David - rest in peace.
Posted by Jenny Pollock on July 27, 2021
Such very sad news! What a special human being. I have such strong and fond memories of being lucky enough to be taught by and mentored by David. He had a significant impact on my life and I have nothing but respect and appreciation for his time and wisdom. Thank you David and wishing you peace wherever you may be. My thoughts and condolences are with his family. 
Posted by Hazel Valentine on July 26, 2021
I will always remember David for his warmth, sincerity and ability to challenge thinking. He truly helped me to explore and find my place in the coaching world. He will be missed but always remembered and his spirit will live on within all who met him. I send my sincere condolences to his wife and family.
Posted by Julie Hay on July 25, 2021
When I think of David, I recall the bowtie and smile! It somehow represents his 'different' and 'special' chairmanship skills - handling the dynamics and bringing together such disparate personalities as Eric Parsloe, Sir John Whitmore, David Clutterbuck and me - in order to turn some separate mentoring networks into the EMCC. Plus I appreciated his support for me becoming Chair of the truly pan-European Board after he had chaired the somewhat UK-biased Board (14 + 2 expatriates) for the first couple of years of EMCC's existence. Charming seems such a hackneyed word but he really was - charming, considerate, caring - and sadly missed by so many whose lives he touched.
Posted by Katherine Howsley on July 25, 2021
With fond memories and gratitude for David's kindness and generosity in his work with me at Kellogg's, his teaching I enjoyed at Sheffield Hallam and as my coach. My sincere condolences to his family. 
Posted by Roman Chudoba on July 24, 2021
David has always been a role model for me with his minimalist yet exact comments. A kind and wise man who has greatly inspired and practically supported me in my personal and professional development. I will never forget his calm expression and the smile in his eyes with which he approached people.
Posted by Eve Turner on July 24, 2021
My memories of David are of an incredible, humble, fun, warm, generous, compassionate and engaging man. And of course rather dapper! His contribution to our profession is huge - the insightfulness, breadth of thinking, gentle and sharp questioning of assumptions and wisdom. David was also a powerful role model, bringing the same courtesy to everything and treating those who were newer to the profession, as I experienced a few times, with the same kindness and interest.  He is irreplaceable and will be sadly missed. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. Thank you David.
Posted by Po Lindvall on July 24, 2021
It is with great sadness I learn that Professor David Meginsson have passed.
His inner light was compassionate, his words so wise and easy to listen to and always educational. For me he was an important and true role model. What he has done for the coaching community, and EMCC specifically, is more than most.
His kindness, his presence and calmness always left me inspired.
Rest in peace dear David, it has been an honur to know you, I will always remember you with warmth and joy.
Po Lindvall
Posted by Peter Hawkins on July 23, 2021
Life was richer, deeper and warmer when David was present - he brought joy, insight, a questioning mind, a practical spirituality and great compassion where ever he went and has been and will be missed by many. Thank you David for the light you brought, we will tray and keep it burning bright.
Posted by Steve Bell on July 23, 2021
Very sad news. David was an important part of why I signed up to the Sheffiel Hallam MSc Coaching and Mentoring Programme. His contribution was always inspiring but above all he was a lovely human being. A true mentor, his legacy will continue, and I shall raise a glass every year to his memory - especially as I now know we share a birthday. Thank you David. My deep condolences to his family.
Posted by louise buckle on July 23, 2021
Such sad news. David was inspirational as a coaching leader and as a human being. He helped us see the world as it is, not as we would like it to be. Great at debunking myths, with humour and that twinkle in his eye - mischievious even, but much needed mind in these complex and challenging times. Erudite and compassionate, calm and lighthearted, a wonderful mentor. Underneath everything he brought to our industry David was simply a deeply kind and generous human being who carried a lot of love and wonder for the world in his heart. 
Condolences and love to his family, colleagues and friends who have lost a very special person. I am sure you will carry forward many very dear memories. I am sure we all feel the better for knowing him, I do. 
Thank you David.
Posted by Chris Roberts on July 23, 2021
David was generous with his wisdom, energy and support. Thank you for a huge contribution and legacy. He will be greatly missed and condolences and thoughts with his family, friends and colleagues.
Posted by David Lane on July 23, 2021
David was a good friend and inspiration to our field. Initially through David Clutterbuck and the EMC later the EMCC I came to know David's work and contribution. Open to ideas he was the EMCC Ambassador to the Global Coaching Convention in Dublin in 2008 where his skill at listening and bringing ideas into play from others was in evidence. I always found him supportive and reflective - you could explore ideas and get not just a hearing but an understanding of what you were trying to achieve. Personally and professionally he will be much missed. His contribution will stand.
Posted by Melissa Richardson on July 23, 2021
David's leaves a marvellous legacy that has inspired so many of us in the coaching and mentoring field. I did not have the pleasure of meeting him, but have long admired his work. With sincere condolences to his family and all those who loved him,
Posted by Katherine Long on July 23, 2021
Memories of David... who will be so missed

His joy and energy...

Memories of the EMCC Bilbao conference: A brilliant and energetic dancer who could boogie with the best of them at last night conference discos, a keen barefoot runner who I had the privilege of enjoying some early morning runs, a mutual fan of foraging and mycology where we had fun taking turns to remember the latin names of the funghi in the evening meal's risotto, glorying in the wonders of the field maple which mingled in the hedges of his plot of wildness and weeds.

His compassionate disruption...

Holding the coaching world to account, challenging it to look deeply into itself, not hide behind its sacred cows - I remember his playful session title 'does contracting make us smaller?' and have shared that quote many times, as well as 'good mentors coach and good coaches mentor'.

There was always a twinkle in his eye, a feeling of mischief just below the surface, the joyous bow ties. He shared his love of Mentor in Odysseus, the symbolism of the swallow as a spirit guide. Perhaps he now too has taken the form of a swallow, and in the words of Homer, has flown up to perch on the roof beam of the smoke-darkened hall.

It will take a long time to process this loss - he was a polymath, a rare creature to grace the coaching world, which would not have been born without him.
Posted by Else Iversen on July 23, 2021
Thank you David for your inspiration and persistency in this field of such importance to many people's development. My sincere condolences to your family and friends.
Posted by Sladjana Milosevic on July 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to his family.
Very sad news.
My late mentor Lena (EMCC Sweden) once kindly ask him to send me his new book. No problem at all! He kindly signed it and sent it to me. Whenever we met at EMCC conferences or council meetings we would talk, not just about coaching and mentoring but also about different topics... Always very supportive and kind. I have been truly privileged to learn from him and I am very grateful for all support.
Posted by Mayme Doumbia on July 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to his family and those close to him.
Posted by Mary Britton on July 23, 2021
With my sincere thanks for your thought leadership; and your gentle spirit. My deep condolences to family, friends and close colleagues, Ngā mihi manaakitanga (greetings of deep respect and appreciation)
Posted by Karen Frost on July 22, 2021
Such sad news. I had the pleasure of sitting next to David at a conference dinner. He told me that his job was to listen to the 20 ideas David Clutterbuck had and to work out which 1 of the 20 was good, so they could incorporate it into the books they wrote together. He did a brilliant job.
Posted by Nordic DNA Coaching / DSc... on July 22, 2021
I did not have the joy of knowing Professor David Megginson personally only through his published work.

My warmest condolances to his family and close ones!

Posted by Clare Manning on July 22, 2021
This is such sad news. I remember the first time I met David who was facilitating a thinking circle at a leadership event. I had never experienced such warm listening and such a relaxed generosity of presence before. He inspired me to become a coach and continued to delight with his kind, inclusive approach when teaching and conversing at open space events. I feel very lucky to have known him. A truly exceptional role model to so many. He will be deeply missed.
Posted by Shauna Kane on July 22, 2021
David Megginson’s work was my first introduction to deep and meaningful coaching. He was and will continue to be an inspiration to many people . Through his work, so many people have been supported to change their lives for the better. He will be a great loss to the coaching community.
Posted by Carole Pemberton on July 22, 2021
I remember David for the power of his thinking, his ability to bring challenge with humanity, and the deep values which informed how he met the world and everyone he encountered. The twinkle in his eye as he took on the accepted orthodoxy, and the importance of the work he did in developing coaching and mentoring as a discipline. He inspired me and many others.
Posted by Shirley Ficken on July 22, 2021
I am so sad to hear this news. I met David a couple of times early on in my coach development. I was something of a "fan-girl" and couldn't quite believe I was talking to such a leading guru of the Coaching & Mentoring world, but he was so down to earth and generous in conversation and interested in my goals. I will always remember him with gratitude and respect.
Posted by Paul Stokes on July 22, 2021
I knew David well and worked with him at Sheffield Hallam for over 20 years. He was instrumental in getting me involved in coaching & mentoring work in the first place and was one of my supervisors on my Doctorate. He was also very supportive to me personally through difficult times in my life and overall a very decent and kind human being. As a fellow teacher, writer, researcher and academic, his enthusiasm was infectious. I ran many C & M events both within the University and outside with David and always enjoyed and got something out of working with him. I grew to enjoy his stories & vignettes even though I'd heard them many times before! His contribution to the coaching & mentoring field has been immense and I know that many people in it, like me will feel his loss quite keenly. I feel, though, that he has left a significant legacy for us all through his impact on those of us that knew him.
Posted by KERI PHILLIPS on July 22, 2021
I have many fond memories of David. He was a pioneer and eager to offer challenging insights to others, whilst he was also a humble learner in many different settings. I will truly miss him.
Posted by Jeremy Gomm on July 22, 2021
David’s legacy goes far beyond the magnificent contribution he has made to the profession in terms of his writing and thinking. The extraordinary generosity he showed to everyone around him – always willing to give his time, his thoughtfulness, his kindness and his wisdom – made him a wonderful role model, and a tremendous influence on my life as a coach. Thank you David.
Posted by Guillermo Reynoso on July 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to his wife, Family, Friends and everyone who knew him, his actions and his work make him an unforgettable person, RIP

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Posted by John Lambert on July 30, 2021
I knew David as a friend and as a student. He became a friend through the Saturday morning running group in Endcliffe Park. He was erudite, a polymath, immensely humane and kind. When he and others set up the Sheffield Hallam Masters degree in coaching and mentoring I signed up enthusiastically, and it was a great learning experience, thanks to David and his colleagues. After graduation our friendship continued actively until a few months before his death. I miss his company enormously. He had such a broad range of interests and an ability to communicate enthusiasm as well as knowledge. I am a better person for his friendship and teaching.
Posted by Sheila Udall on July 30, 2021
The world feels a sadder place without David's smile. He was an amazing teacher, writer, coach and wonderfully wise and warm human being, who shared his knowledge so generously and gently. My favourite quote on coaching is David's reply to the question "Why have it?" when he simply said  "Who does not appreciate a good listening to".
I am so grateful to have known you - thank you David - rest in peace.
Posted by Jenny Pollock on July 27, 2021
Such very sad news! What a special human being. I have such strong and fond memories of being lucky enough to be taught by and mentored by David. He had a significant impact on my life and I have nothing but respect and appreciation for his time and wisdom. Thank you David and wishing you peace wherever you may be. My thoughts and condolences are with his family. 
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Shared by Kate Pinder on July 25, 2021
David introduced me to interesting concepts like reflexive learning, contract free coaching & was a fund of amusing & serious stories about coaching and life in general. He was a joy to know, generous & gentle, using himself this stories- like overcoming his stutter- for others in a truly Christian way. Bless 

A life lesson, always remembered

Shared by Alison Hardingham on July 22, 2021
It must be about thirty years ago that I first met David. We were both speaking at the same conference and we were waiting to 'go on' behind the curtain. I was unspeakably nervous. I knew that David was already an experienced and much loved speaker. I asked him if he got nervous. To my amazement, he said he always did. 'But how do you cope?' I asked. He thought for a second or two and then said, with humility rather than arrogance : 'You just have to believe that you have something important to say.'

Every time after that, whenever I have to speak publicly, I have heard his words in my mind, and they have enabled me to go on despite my nerves and speak. He was kind, and generous, and wise.

Safe travels David

Shared by Kay Hyden on July 22, 2021
My deepest and heartfelt wishes for comfort and solace for David's wife and all.his family. David was coach, mentor and teacher. Generous with co-  workers and happy in his students achievements and quick to promote them.this alone sets him aside from  so many of his generation of academic coaches . He worked hard to live coherently with his values and beliefs.  He has left a strong foundation to build upon for the emerging generations. 
Warm wishes and loving thoughts to his wife and family whose sorrow is vast.
Kay Waldron