The passing of Lea Milligan

Lea Milligan former CEO of Mercy Ships in front of the Africa Mercy.

The passing of Lea Milligan

It is with great sadness that we heard that Lea Milligan, former Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Ships UK, passed away unexpectedly on Monday 15th April.

Lea was an inspirational leader across the organisations he worked for, and cared deeply about Mercy Ships’ mission to provide surgical care and training in sub-Saharan Africa. Anyone who worked with him could sense his passion to make a difference, and we feel the impact of his loss.

As tributes continue to pour in, we share some memories from those who knew and worked with him at Mercy Ships.

“I well remember my first meeting with Lea on the interview panel when he applied to Mercy Ships. He was, by some distance, the least experienced candidate. But he was lively, bright, funny and brilliant: all attributes that he would demonstrate in abundance over the next few years successfully leading MSUK.”

Paul Ramsbottom OBE, Trustee

“Lea was one-of-a-kind who will be sorely missed. His enthusiasm, clear thinking, humour and ‘can do’ attitude was infectious and engaged all who knew him, professionally and personally. I enjoyed spending time with Lea enormously and laughter is at the heart of my memories of him.”

Lois Boyle, Vice Chair of the Trustees

“It was clear to see Lea’s passion was advocating for the under-represented in communities. He made a huge impact in every organisation he chose to work with. His tragic passing has left a huge hole, but I’m sure his legacy will live on through those he motivated with his contagious passion.”

Joanne Balaam, CEO of Mercy Ships UK

We send prayers and deepest condolences to Lea’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

– The Mercy Ships Community