JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) is a global JCI project to recognise and honour young people who excel in their chosen field. From entrepreneur experts to humanitarian heroes we look for the outstanding young leaders who are making a true difference and inspiring others across the country.

Our 2017 JCI Scotland Outstanding Young Persons nominees will be put forward with the opportunity to represent Scotland at the global TOYP awards in Amsterdam, The Netherlands at the JCI World Congress in November 2017.

JCI Scotland’s Outstanding Young Persons for 2017

Cameron Barnes

Cultural Achievement

Methill, Fife

A multi-talented musician and actor, Cameron has been has been a leading champion for Scottish culture. A member of the internationally acclaimed Red Hot Chilli Pipers, critically acclaimed actor in the award winning play ‘The Black Watch’, and lead singer of up-coming Scottish band Break the Butterfly, Cameron’s passion for promoting Scottish culture and history shines through everything he does.

Blair Bowman

Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment


Blair is well known for founding the award winning World Whisky Day, which since 2012 has grown into a world-renowned celebration of whisky on every continent in the world. Working tirelessly to share his enthusiasm for both Scotland and its national drink, Blair continues to promote and change the way young people view whisky today.

Steven Dickson

Scientific and/or technological development


After witnessing the difficulty in dispensing methadone treatment, pharmacist Steven developed MethaMeasure, a computerized drug dispensing system that vastly reduces patient risk, wastage and waiting time. MethaMeasure is now used globally and is being adapted for use in Africa in the fight against HIV. Meanwhile Steven continues to focus on new medical technology ventures that aim to improve patient safety.

Myles Edwards

Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights


Myles and fellow professional athete Gideon Gathimba founded the Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) after being struck by the need of basic supplies by the Pavilion Village Children’s Home. GEF now supports the education, clothing, food and shelter for 243 children across Kenya and give them the opportunities that so many in the developed world take for granted.

James McIlroy

Medical innovation


Using entrepreneurship as a means to develop ideas, medical student James McIlroy founded EuroBiotix CIC – a biotechnology social enterprise to support clinicians providing Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) medical treatment. James stongly believes in the power of start-ups as a vehicle for driving innovation and finding solutions to support doctors to treat patients better and improve lives.

Gemma Steele

Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rights

South Uist

Gemma was volunteering in Kenya during her gap year when the orphanage owner abandoned the home due to financial pressure, leaving the children homeless. Spearheading a rapid and powerful fundraising campaign in her Outer Hebrides community, Gemma successfully built and runs St. Jerome’s Home to provide a loving lasting home for some of Kenya’s most vulnerable children.

Laura Kate Thompson

Personal improvement and/or accomplishment


After developing a life-inhibiting and dangerous eating disorder Laura Kate worked hard to restore her relationship with food by launching healthy porridge business Blondilox. A passionate advocate for mental health and eating disorder awareness, she works closely with Scottish charity CAPS Independent Advocacy and national eating disorder charity BEAT to deliver educational talks to schools and other community groups.