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
Max Steinberg CBE FRSA became the Chair of the Board of Trustees in January 2016.
Max held a number of high profile positions prior to joining the Foundation which included 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
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.
Dr. Anthony Coombs
Dr. Anthony Coombs was the Global Marketing Director at pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca. His team played a key role in developing the targeted therapy, gefitinib, for lung cancer. Tony was pleased to join the board when he retired from work, and draws on his experience with commercial marketing to help the charity grow its brand.
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.
Dr. David Gilligan
David Gilligan is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist specialising in lung cancer, working out of Addenbrooke’s & Papworth Hospitals, Cambridge, UK.
Seeing the devastating impact lung cancer has on those affected, David wants to help 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. He is also the chair of our research grants committee, which oversees the distribution of funding to vital work in early detection and patient experience.
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
After understanding more about lung cancer and the devastating impact it has on people’s lives, Euan was, in his own words, “hooked” and wants to do everything he can to help those affected.
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’. As a former managing director of a pharmaceutical company, Martin wants to help others present quickly, so they can survive this disease.
Alison Lobb is Managing Partner of Morecrofts solicitors, a multi-service firm with five offices across Merseyside.
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.
She joined the board of trustees after learning lung cancer research is hugely underfunded compared to other cancers, yet it is the biggest cancer killer in the UK. She is dedicated to help improve lung cancer survival rates and early detection.
An accomplished Strategy & Transformation Director, Alyson is experienced in leading delivery across complex multi-business organisations and stakeholder groups in retail, financial services and other consumer services. Her most recent position being Strategic Projects Director at The Co-operative Group. Passionate about strategy, Alyson brings this enthusiasm and experience to the board room and ensures the charity remains focused on implementing its mission.
Alastair has been the editor-in-chief at the Liverpool Echo for the past seven years and boasts over five decades of experience in the media industry. Ali works closely with the charity’s in-house marketing and communications department, offering advice on key campaigns and helping the team to utilise the media to ensure a much needed spotlight is kept on lung cancer and the people it affects.
Mandee is the fourth generation in her family to get lung cancer. Her mother, grandmother and great grandmother all died of the disease. Fortunately, Mandee’s lung cancer was caught early enough to have curative treatment. She joined the charity in April 2019, becoming one of the faces of its LikeMe awareness campaign and is now one of its biggest advocates, talking to anyone and everyone about her personal experience and the work of the charity at every given opportunity.