Dr Michael Spence


President & Provost of UCL

Dr Michael Spence became Chair of Mercy Ships UK’s Board of Trustees in March 2022.  

A respected legal scholar and one of the pre-eminent international leaders in education, Dr Spence moved to London from Australia in 2021 to become President & Provost of UCL.  

During his prior role as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Spence led a campaign that raised over $1 billion Australian dollars, embedded diversity and inclusion in the university’s culture, and created strategic partnerships with leading industry, government and community organisations across the globe. He arrives at an exciting time for Mercy Ships UK with the charity doubling its ability to save and transform lives.  

Dr Michael Spence
“Mercy Ships does the most incredible work to save and improve lives and address global health inequalities through effective direct action and through working with local partners. It is a huge privilege to be able to play a part in that work as Chair of Trustees and to support the staff, volunteers and donors whose passionate commitment is rapidly expanding our reach and the number of people to whom we can bring much-needed care.”