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: 

Max Steinberg CBE FRSA

Chair of the Board of Trustees of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Max Steinberg CBE FRSA became the Chair of the Board of Trustees in January 2016. 
Max holds a number of high profile positions prior to joining the Foundation which include Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision and Chair of the International Festival of Business. In 2011 Max was awarded a Senior Fellowship at Liverpool Hope University and in 2013 received a CBE for services to business and the community.


Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS

Founder and Vice-chairman of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS 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 it 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 Trustee Board. Over the years Euan has plied his trade in the electronics industry with Unisys, management consulting with Price Waterhouse and retail with Littlewoods. In 2012 Euan became Chief Operating Officer at Charities Trust the Liverpool based Payroll Giving Agency

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "I was interested in becoming a charity trustee and the opportunity with RCLCF 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 does to help those people, whilst also funding critical research into finding a ‘cure’ for lung cancer – I have become ‘hooked’"

His hobbies include: the odd game of Golf, watching sports and reading anything and everything. He has been a school governor at Christleton High School in Chester since 2000

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.



Alison Lobb


Alison Lobb is Managing Partner of Morecrofts solicitors, a multi-service firm with five offices across Merseyside.  She qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and specialised for many years, after joining  Morecrofts, in the field of Child Abuse compensation, before deciding to combine work with her interest in management by pursuing  a Post Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She became Managing Partner of the firm in 2013.

Alison was Liverpool Law Society Solicitor of the Year in 2015, and has been awarded the Professional of the Year award at the Liverpool Women in Business Awards in both 2015 and 2016.  She was included on the North West Insider Women of Influence List 2015 and the inaugural Northern Power Women Top 50 Power List in March 2016.  Alison is the Liverpool Law society President 2015-16 and is hoping that the legacy of her year will be the forging of stronger links between the City’s legal and business communities.


Dr Jo Cranwell


Dr Jo Cranwell is a Public Health Research Scientist and BPS Chartered Psychologist. She also works at the Department for Health (Tobacco Control Research Group) at University of Bath as lecturer in Public Health. Her research focuses on adolescent exposure to tobacco depictions in entertainment media. She has published her work internationally and has worked as a World Health Organisation Expert on tobacco, advertising, promotion and sponsorship in entertainment media. Jo also sits of the board of trustees for Cut Films.

I work for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because... "Lung cancer research is hugely underfunded compared to other cancers, yet it is the biggest cancer killer in the UK. This is a fantastic charity and I just want to support it in any way I can to help improve lung cancer survival rates and early detection”

Her hobbies include: being dragged around the Wiltshire countryside by her very energetic Sprocker, golf when the sun is out, binging on Scandi drama box sets!


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