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: 

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.


Professor Ray Donnelly

Founder and Chairman of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Professor Ray Donnelly founded the charity in 1990 while working as a thoracic surgeon in Liverpool and became a leading authority on lung cancer. In 1993 he enlisted the help of Roy Castle, during the last eight months of his life, to help the charity grow. His self-penned history of the charity, titled 'Cinderella Cancer' was completed in 2005 and published by The Bluecoat Press in early 2006. Professor Donnelly is known to be continually amazed by how the charity has grown and achieved so much. 

His hobbies include: Family, Golf and of course, Writing.

Dr Anthony Coombs


After originally getting to know the charity in 1999, whilst working for AstraZenica as the Global Marketing Director in the team developing Iressa for lung cancer. Tony was pleased to join the board when he retired from work, after learning they foundation needed trustees with commercial experience. 

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "the charity is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to beating lung cancer; a dreadful disease with a very high mortality rate and very low funding" 

His hobbies include: Cycling, doing the Allotment and walking the dog.


Jim Couton

Trustee (since 1999) & Advisor (since 1996)

A friend of the foundation since 1998 and a trustee since 2001, Jim is now retired but has a lifetime of corporate experience at board level. His work with the Coca Cola European Advisors Board and as the Vice-President of Coca-Cola Uk & Europe make him a valued member of the trustee board and chairman of the employment committee.

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "This great cause needs all the help is can get; both financial and time giving is critical"

His hobbies include: Sports, in particular being a lifelong Liverpool F.C fan and being a dedicated Grandpa.


David Gilligan

Trustee & Chair of Grants Committee

David Gilligan is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist specialising in Lung Cancer. Dr Gilligan works out of Addenbrooke’s & Papworth Hospitals, Cambridge, UK. 

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "Lung cancer is a major health problem and my mission is to raise awareness of the poor survival rates for the disease and to promote better outcomes through treatment and research especially into early detection and the patient experience"

His hobbies include: Travel, Walking and Hill Climbing, Sailing and Gardening.


Euan Imrie

Chief Operating Officer - Charities Trust

Joining the charity as a trustee in 2009 Euan brought his financial experience as an accountant to the board. Over his years on the Board, Euan has plied his trade in the electronics industry with Unisys, management consulting with Price Waterhouse and retail with Littlewoods, into his role.

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "I was interested in becoming a charity trustee and the opportunity with them came along. As I have begun to understand more about the devastating impact of lung cancer on peoples’ lives,  and the wonderful work that the charity do to help those people, whilst also funding critical research into finding a ‘cure’ for lung cancer – I have became ‘hooked’"

His hobbies include: the odd game of Golf, watching Sports and Reading anything and everything. 


Colin Byrne

CEO, UK&EMEA, Weber Shandwick

Colin has joined the board to offer expertise gathered through 35 years in PR & Communications. Before taking his current post at Weber Shandwick, Colin has had roles including; Head of Press for The Labour Party and International Communications Director for The Princes' Trust. 

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "My Dad died of lung cancer, so I do it in memory of him and becuase of it focus on early detection and prevention."

His hobbies include: playing, listening to and composing Music, Reading, Walking, Gardening and Cooking.


Martin Grange

Trustee & Retired MD of a Pharmaceutical Company

Martin became involved with the charity as he believes that 'When you discover any sort of tumour in your lung, you need high quality information and support so you can make the best treatment decisions very quickly'.

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "I want to help others present quickly so they can beat this disease"

His hobbies include: River Keeping, Fly Fishing and watching England win at the Rugby.


David Maples

Corporate Lawyer

David Maples is Liverpool born and bred, Although he would currently describe himself as 'living in exile' in Cheshire, he does return to Liverpool daily to his job as a partner based in the Liverpool office of Brabners Chaffe Street LLP.

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "I lost my Mum to this terrible disease and support the charity in her memory. We need to do all we can to defeat it"

His hobbies include: occasional Reading, Travel and Music but mostly time spent with his 3 young adult children and watching Everton F.C.


Peter Rainey


Peter’s life was interrupted by a lung cancer diagnosis in 2004 despite being a healthy and active lifelong non-smoker.  Before getting involved with the Foundation, he worked in the technology sector where he had a number of sales, business development and management roles. Latterly, owning a consulting and training business

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "As a patient myself, I'm able to bring personal experience and insight to my role as a trustee. I understand the value of what the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation does and my hope is that I can help to improve the experience and the outcomes for lung cancer patients."

His hobbies include: Spending time with his wife Liz, Cooking and Golf

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