The Spencer Steadman Trust was established in the memory of Spencer Steadman and its charitable purpose reflects Spencer’s own strong belief in the importance of education and equality of opportunity for all.
Spencer Steadman was an extremely generous, loyal, and compassionate man, with a unique and compelling character. He was devoted to the well-being of his friends and family, but also showed an absolute commitment to the welfare of the vulnerable in our society, with a spirit of generosity and an ethical code that led to lifelong and life-changing relationships. When Spencer died unexpectedly on 12th July 2019, aged just 41, his friends and family therefore felt deeply that they wanted an appropriate way to remember him in a manner that reflected his steadfast and principled approach to life.
Spencer was privileged to have been educated at Westminster School and Oxford University, making the most of his own opportunities to become Captain of the England team which went on to win the World Schools Debating Championship and then Chairman of the Oxford University Union Debates Select Committee. His belief that all children should have the same life opportunities he had, regardless of background, were firmly held from a young age and he was actively exploring ways to support this before he died.
Spencer achieved a great deal in his life – a successful businessman, a Master Shark Diver, an authority in maritime archaeology, godfather to countless children, devoted son and brother, and the most reliable ally in life that many of his friends have ever known. He will forever be associated with countless acts of kindness. His life was sadly cut short before he could achieve all his ambitions, and the Trustees hope this charity can support his legacy in one small area.