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.

Jo Hutchinson

Jo Hutchinson

Communication manager

Having enjoyed working in marketing for over 20 years within many different industries from healthcare and food to music, transport and digital - Jo wanted to use her skills for a worthwhile cause.  She is now responsible for handling marketing communication for the Network across all channels, promoting and fostering greater awareness of the charity.  When not working, Jo loves travelling with her family as well as running, cycling, snowboarding and she has recently joined a ladies’ football team.  jo@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

Jenny Tyson

Jenny Tyson

Membership Officer

Jenny joined the team in September 2015.  After leaving university, Jenny spent some time working in retail, but wanted to move into an area where she felt she was making a difference.  Jenny plans to increase the membership and help make it more accessible to all.  When she’s not working Jenny actively supports her local football team, Sheffield Wednesday and enjoys travelling and visiting new places. jenny@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

Our Advisory Board


Linda Booth

Naturopathic Colon Hydrotherapist


Linda’s marketing and business skills have been honed from almost 25 years in clinical practice. Linda is a naturopathic colon hydrotherapist and manufacturer of probiotics and digestivehealth supplements. She has a retail enterprise manufacturing probiotics and digestive health food supplements called Just For Tummies. www.justfortummies.co.uk


Gillian Goddard


Gillian works for Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust in the community.  She has a special interest in Irritable bowel syndrome and other GI conditions.She is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), BDA - The Association of UK Dietitians and is a FODMAP trained dietitian.


Matthew Chaddock 
Support Group Coordinator



Matthew runs an engineering company in Leeds and also coordinates a local support group in the city.  He has suffered from IBS ever since he was a teenager.

Ewa Gabzdyl


Ewa is a community pharmacist who works for the Medicines Management Team at Sheffield CCG, which includes support for GP practices.

  Julie Thompson  Dietitian 

 Julie works in the NHS as a specialist Dietitian. During her working life she has worked in industry and research, has a degree in Polymer Science and through illness had a change of career, gaining a first class honours degree in dietetics; an area that has always been of interest.  Dietetics involves holistic care of patients and includes training in how to help people make changes, whilst taking into account their lifestyles.  Dietitians are important in ensuring people with conditions that affect bowel function receive the correct advice about diet.  Julie is registered with the Health Professions Council which follow strict codes of conduct that ensure safe and evidence based practice.  Julie has also suffered from IBS for most of her adult life.  Outside work Julie enjoys cooking, walking in the Calderdale area around where she lives and she loves cats! www.calmgutclinic.co.uk


Janet Tomlin
Hypnotherapist specialising in IBS


After completing research for her PhD on the physiological effects of dietary fibre in the Centre for Human Nutrition in Sheffield, Janet went on to run the anorectal function unit at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital.  She has since retrained as a hypnotherapist and runs her own private practice where she specialises in helping people with IBS. She uses gut-directed hypnotherapy along with providing individual information on diet and lifestyle so that people can develop coping mechanisms and feel more in control of their situation.

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