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ibs head office

Our Small team are taking a well earned break over the Christmas holidaysThe office will be closed from 3pm Friday 21 December until Wednesday 2 January 2019.

DO you want to join the team?

We have vacancies for a number of different voluntary roles within the charity;

Do you want to give something back to the community? 

The IBS Network is expanding its activities and wishes to recruit locally based Trustees to strengthen its current Board and determine the charity’s strategy for growth.

We are looking for people with senior-level leadership skills and an enthusiasm to work alongside patients and health care professionals to make a difference to the lives of people with IBS. We welcome applicants who have worked in the third sector, public services or commercial organisations, preferably at a senior management level, particularly those with a background in accountancy and human resources. Some knowledge of health care and IBS would also be useful, but by no means essential.  For the right candidate, this role may lead to the position of Chair of the Board of Trustees.

We are also interested to hear from health care professionals who would be interested in joining our team of affiliated medical advisers to sit on our Advisory Board, (or virtual Advisory Board).  For further details on both roles email, in the first instance: info@theibsnetwork.org stating in which role you are interested.


The IBS Network was established in 1991 as the national charity supporting people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Over the years the charity has grown and developed – changing names (formerly known as The Gut Trust), location and staff.  However, our core values have remained the same; to provide information, support and advice for people living with IBS.

Roanna Mottershead

Roanna Mottershead

Communication manager

Our newest team member, Roanna, joined The IBS Network in July 2018. Drawing on seven years' experience in communications, Roanna handles all our press enquiries and social media, in addition to editing our quarterly magazine, Gut Reaction, and our monthly enewsletter, Relief. When she's not at work, Roanna can usually be found playing one of the five instruments she has or planning her next trip abroad. roanna@theibsnetwork.org


Alison Reid

Alison Reid


Alison joined the team in October 2015 with a wealth of experience gained in all sectors over 30 years, particularly the voluntary, community and charity sector.  Working with the Board of Trustees she is responsible for the implementation of the Charity’s future strategy, including all fundraising activity.  When Alison is not working she enjoys cooking for friends, walking in the nearby Peak District and travel adventures. alison@theibsnetwork.org

Sam Yardy

Sam Yardy

Operations Manager

Sam joined the team in september 2014 and is responsible for the smooth running of the office.  Sam looks after the team, all suppliers and volunteers and co-ordinates our activities such as our involvement in exhibitions and shows around the country.  Outside work Sam enjoys indulging her creative side and she’s also very handy with power tools!  sam@theibsnetwork.org