Both the founder of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Professor Ray Donnelly MBE, and the charity’s chairman, Max Steinberg CBE, are to receive honorary degrees from the University of Liverpool.
Professor Donnelly MBE is both the charity’s founder and President. During his long career as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, he was recognised as a pioneer in his field, becoming the first person worldwide to remove a lung cancer using keyhole surgery.
Since 1993 the Foundation has given £20 million in grants to the University and the results of this research has formed the basis for a lung screening programme to be rolled out by NHS England. Prof Donnelly was awarded an MBE in 2009 for voluntary services to healthcare.
Max Steinberg is chair of the Board of the ACC Liverpool Group, which runs the Arena and Convention Centre on the city’s iconic waterfront. As former chief executive of Liverpool Vision, he was instrumental in securing and delivering the first International Festival for Business, with the city successfully hosting festivals in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
He was awarded an OBE for services to housing and regeneration in 1997 and a CBE for services to business and the community in 2013, and became Chairman of the Foundation in 2015.
Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, expressed the Foundation’s pride in the honours.
She said, “This charity has its roots firmly in Liverpool, but right from the start, when Professor Donnelly had the vision to set up a fund for research dedicated to lung cancer, our mission has been to help everyone affected by the disease, right across the UK.
“So, from our perspective, these honours highlight our close ties with the University of Liverpool. We have been supporting excellent research projects at the university for almost 30 years now.
"On a personal basis, we are delighted for both Professor Donnelly and Max Steinberg; their achievements speak for themselves. We are proud to have their continued support and guidance"
Paula Chadwick CEO of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Professor Donnelly and Mr Steinberg will be honoured alongside US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone; BBC director-general Lord Tony Hall; internationally-renowned artists the Singh Twins; leading High Court Judge Sir Stephen Cobb; and the Liverpool-born creator of the BBC drama, ‘Call the Midwife’ and her husband, actor Stephen McGann, who appears in the long-running series.
University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer said: “I am delighted to be honouring these nine brilliant individuals who have all made significant contributions in their respective fields, making a positive difference to society in a wide variety of ways. They are superb role models for our students and I look forward to welcoming them to our graduation celebrations in July.”
The honorary degrees will be conferred during a week of ceremonies at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall from Monday, 15 July, in which more than 6,000 students will graduate.