Honorary graduate Dr Max Steinberg CBE named Chairman of The Walton Centre

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Dr Max Steinberg receiving his honorary degree from the University
Dr Max Steinberg CBE (Hon LLD 2019) receiving his honorary degree in 2019

Honorary graduate Dr Max Steinberg CBE (Hon LLD 2019) has been a champion of local businesses and charities for many years. Taking up roles as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in August 2016 and Chair of the Shakespeare North Trust in January 2020, Max has now recently added the appointment of Chairman of The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust to his portfolio.

Born and bred in Liverpool, Max has been a driving force of change within the city and city region over the last 40 years. He played a significant part in obtaining substantial additional government funding to implement regeneration solutions in Liverpool and across the North and was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to Housing and Regeneration on Merseyside and the CBE for services to Business and the Community in 2013.

Max has also led on Liverpool's award-winning participation in the Shanghai Expo and organised a series of International Festivals of Business which between them raised over £600m and created 10,000 new jobs.

In December 2018, Max was appointed as Chair of the Board of The ACC Liverpool Group. In a fitting gift to thank him for the three years he has spent in the role, Max’s colleagues and friends at The ACC Liverpool Group have chosen name a seat in the University’s new concert hall, The Tung Auditorium. The seat will represent his passions for the city, its people, and access to inclusive cultural experiences for all.

Max is further practicing his ambitions for inclusive local culture in his role as Chair of the Shakespeare North Trust. The Shakespeare North Playhouse will play a significant role in transforming the historic town of Prescot, providing educational opportunities for all ages and affecting positive changes within the wider region; all whilst providing a striking new building and exciting theatre when it opens. Max is integral to the ongoing quest for funding for this amazing space which it is hoped will be a ‘beacon of culture and education for the whole of the North of England’.

In the sphere of public health, Max will take up his position as Chairman of The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in April. He said: "The Walton Centre is one of the jewels in the crown of healthcare providers, not just in Liverpool but in the UK. As the son of a Liverpool GP, and the father of two NHS professionals, the opportunity to work for this fantastic institution was something I was very interested in."

"I have enormous pride in the city of Liverpool, and making the institutions of the city the very best. I am looking forward to working with all the staff at The Walton Centre to ensure it continues to provide the very best treatment and care to its patients and their family and friends."

The University earlier this year announced the launch of its new Glioblastoma (Brain Cancer) Fund, which supports ground-breaking research into immunotherapy, a promising new treatment for brain cancer. Researchers from the University in partnership with The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust will study the immune system response in long-term survivors and compare the results with those patients who do not respond to treatment. 

The University of Liverpool is proud of the outstanding civic impact which our alumni and honorary graduates have on the city of Liverpool and around the world. On behalf on the whole University of Liverpool community, we wish Max the very best of luck in his new position.