Prestigious Accolade for Chief Volunteer Officer


We are delighted to announce that the dedication and passion of our Chief Volunteer Officer, Captain Nicholas Spencer, has been recognised at the highest level with the award of the Merchant Navy Medal.

The medal is awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others.

Captain Spencer has been Chief Volunteer Officer since 2018 and has led by example visiting most of the UK’s 26 active units and participating both at strategic and operational levels within the charity.
His career at sea included being a ferry master (much of the time on challenging Irish Sea routes), a ferry company superintendent and a Mostyn pilot.

David Hughes, Chair of Council of the MVS said: “We are incredibly lucky to have Nick as our CVO and we are exceptionally proud of his attainment of the Merchant Navy Medal. He is an example to us all and a credit to the MVS, the Merchant Navy and himself.”

Photo Shows:  L to R Rear Admiral Andy Kyte, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Logistic Operations), Captain Nick Spencer Chief Volunteer Officer MVS and MVS Chair David Hughes at an MVS event in 2019 at All Hallows London