Our Trustees

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our Board Members bring a wealth of experience and are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity. Our Trustees are: (in alphabetical order)


Sir Philip Carter CBE (Chairman of the Board)

It is with deep sadness, we announce the death of our chairman Sir Philip Carter CBE.
Sir Philip was Chairman of the Board at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation from 1998
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “For the past 17 years Sir Philip has been a dedicated, passionate and inspiring ambassador for our charity.
“He was a friend to many people associated with us over the years and has helped us raise millions of pounds to beat lung cancer.
“His energy and commitment to our cause will never be forgotten and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”

Sir Philip’s professional career was in The Littlewoods Organisation becoming Managing Director in 1976. He also became Chairman of the Merseyside Tourism Board in 1986. Sir Philip has had a long association with Everton Football Club being Chairman for 20 years and a board member for 30 years, and continues as a member of the board.

He also has maintained a long association with Liverpool John Moores University being Chairman of Governors; Pro Chancellor; Chairman of University Trust. Sir Philip was elected to the chairmanship of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in 1998.


Dr Anthony Coombs

Tony joined the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation as a Trustee in December 2011. Originally trained as a scientist Tony qualified with a D.Phil from the University of Oxford and spent some time doing post doctoral research in New Zeland before joining the pharmacuetical industry where he worked for almost 25 years in both commercial and development roles, both at national and international levels. During his time at AstraZeneca Tony was a part of the team that developed a novel treatment for lung cancer and it was then that he first had contact with the Foundation.

Tony finished his career in pharmaceuticals as the CEO of Vifor Pharma, the pharmaceuticals division on the Galenica group in Switzerland. He is now a Non Executive Director with the East Cheshire NHS Trust and advises several companies on strategy and commercialisation. He is married and lives in the Peak District. He and his wife have three children. Interests include cycling, travel and theatre.


Jim Couton

Jim Couton has been a friend of the foundation since 1998 and a trustee since 2001. He is now retired but has a lifetime of corporate experience at board level.He served on the Coca Cola European Advisors Board and was Board Director of the Coca Cola and Cadbury joint venture, Coca Cola Shweppes Beverages Ltd.He is a valued member of the trustee board and chairman of the employment committee.


Professor Ray Donnelly

Professor Ray Donnelly is the founder and chairman of the charity. He has had a long and distinguished career as a thoracic surgeon in Liverpool and became a leading authority on lung cancer. During his career he developed a number of innovative surgical techniques, establishing an international reputation, and in 1991 he pioneered the use of keyhole surgery for the removal of lung cancer. Prof Donnelly founded The Lung Cancer Fund in 1990 and enlisted the help of Roy Castle to raise the money to build in Liverpool an International Centre for Lung Cancer Research. Roy's contribution was so special that, after he died, the name of the charity was changed to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. A keen golfer, Prof Donnelly lives in Formby with his wife Elizabeth and they have five children.


David Gilligan

David Gilligan is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Addenbrooke’s & Papworth Hospitals, Cambridge, UK. He studied medicine at the Universities of Edinburgh & Cambridge and trained in Oncology at the Christie Hospital, Manchester; Royal Marsden Hospital, and University College Hospitals, London. He is a fellow of The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and The Royal College of Radiologists. 

His main clinical interests are in all aspects of Lung Cancer & Thoracic Oncology especially patient experience and is an enthusiastic participator in clinical trials. He has been a member of the NCRI Lung Cancer Studies Group. He is a longstanding member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). He is currently a member of UK Department of Health Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group, Specialist Advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support and CancerHelp UK and is an Associate Partner of the UK Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC).

He lives in Suffolk and is married with two teenage children.


Greg Gottig

Greg is Managing Director of Warner House Companies Ltd a growing facilities management business operating a broad base of services across the North West with nearly a 1000 customers and 50 members of staff. Prior to this he spent nearly 20 years in the hospitality industry as Managing Director of two hotels with 60 bedrooms and both were members of the sales and marketing consortium Best Western Hotels GB. He is a Qualified Accountant and Chartered Manager and also serves on the boards at Liverpool Mutual Homes, St George's Hall and Liverpool Central Citizens Advice Bureau. Greg is married to Ruth and has three young children called George, Gabriella and William, resides in the Preston area and has interests in travel, flying, reading, gardening and football.


Euan Imrie

Euan Imrie was recruited as Trustee for his business and financial expertise in 2009. As a qualified accountant his business career has taken in the electronics industry with Unisys, management consulting with Price Waterhouse and retail with Littlewoods, including a spell there as Group Finance Director. In more recent times, and after many years as a school governor, he has taken up the role of Bursar at Sandbach School. Within the charity he has taken on the Chairmanship of the Finance and Audit Committee. Originally from Edinburgh Euan now lives with his partner in Liverpool and between them they have three daughters.


David Maples

David Maples is a partner based in the Liverpool office of Brabners Chaffe Street LLP (Solicitors) and has over 25 years experience in corporate and commercial law (advising both public and private companies – including charities and third sector organisations – on all aspects of business law). Born and brought up in Liverpool, David became especially interested in the work of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation when his mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2006. He subsequently became a trustee in 2008. David now lives in Cheshire with his wife Meryl, and their three children (Rebecca, Emma and Christopher). When not working, David tries in the main to divide his time between his family, the Church and Everton Football Club (though not always in that order). In addition, he also enjoys most other sports (nowadays limited to watching rather than playing), music and generally relaxing with friends. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our Board Members bring a wealth of experience and are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity.


Dame Gill Oliver

Gill Oliver completed nurse training at the Middlesex Hospital in London, which engendered a life-long commitment to cancer services and the care and support of people affected by cancer. She has held a number of clinical and managerial posts in the NHS and a national advisory post in the Royal College of Nursing, all related to cancer services.

She was Director of Service Development for Macmillan Cancer Support between 2000 and 2004, and was responsible for expanding and developing services for people affected by cancer. In October 2004 she retired from her full time post but for two years continued to work in a part time consultancy capacity as Advisor for Nursing and Allied Health Professionals. 

Gill has been an invited speaker at meetings and conferences nationally and internationally, has contributed to multi-author texts and to professional journals. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Cancer Care, and a Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care. Gill joined the trustee Board of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in 2005 and was delighted to have been asked to head up the Women Against Lung Cancer Campaign the following year.


Peter Rainey

Peter’s life was interrupted by a lung cancer diagnosis in 2004 despite being a healthy and active lifelong non-smoker.  Prior to his diagnosis, Peter had a successful career in the information technology industry. He also ran his own training and management consulting business. Peter now uses his professional skills and energy to engage in Patient and Public Involvement activities. His hope is that he can help to improve the experience and the outcomes for cancer patients.

In addition to his strong associations with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Peter makes a contribution to the UK cancer research effort at a number of levels. He is a lay member of the National Cancer Research Institute Board Sub-Group on Clinical and Translational Research. He has served as a member of the Advisory Group of COMPASS, one of two NCRI-backed research groups focused on Supportive and Palliative Care. He is also a founder member of a consumer research panel at his local cancer Clinical Trials Unit in Glasgow and is a member of the “Living with Cancer” group, which forms part of the Scottish Government’s Cancer Taskforce.

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