Our EXPERT Advisory Board
Support Group LEADER
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ewa is a community pharmacist who works for the Medicines Management Team at Sheffield CCG, which includes support for GP practices.
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.
Specialist gastroenterology dietitian
Julie works in the NHS as a specialist Dietitian. She worked in industry and research, has a degree in Polymer Science but through illness had a change of career, gaining a first class honours degree in dietetics; an area that has always been of interest. Julie is registered with the Health Professions Council which follow strict codes of conduct that ensure safe and evidence based practice. Julie has 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!
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.
Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian
Monika Bettney is a Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian, who has been working in the field throughout her career, providing dietary advice for clients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Food Intolerances, Bile Acid Malabsorption, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Coeliac disease and Eosinophilic Oesophagitis, to name just a few. With an extensive knowledge of the role of nutrition in disease, she advises clients in dietary modifications, while preventing nutritional deficiencies and ensuring a balanced diet. She has a BSc in Nutrition and a Master’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Nottingham.
Monika is a member of the British Dietetic Association and is registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the Gastroenterology, Food Allergy and Mental Health specialist groups.
Lauren is a PhD researcher based in the department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD is looking at everyday life with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) particularly exploring how symptoms are managed in everyday routines, practices and relationships. Lauren has also worked on projects into IBS and social life which have centred around women’s experiences of relationships when living with IBS, and how toilet mapping is conducted in everyday life. Lauren also lives with a long-term bowel condition.
Our Panel of experts
Professor of Neurogastroenterology
Professor Aziz started his research career at the University of Manchester and obtained his PhD in 1996. He held posts of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester, and is now Professor of Neurogastroenterology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London since 2006 and is the director of the world renowned Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology.
Dr Anu Agrawal
Dr Agrawal is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. He previously worked as a specialist registrar in Liverpool and completed his PhD on functional bowel disorders with Professor Whorwell at the University of Manchester. During this time and subsequently, he developed extensive clinical and research experience in the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders.He has a keen interest in research and has been first author for a number of papers that have been published in professional medical journals. During his career, he has made presentations at international scientific meetings both in the UK and abroad and has previously received the Ray Clause Award, presented by the ROME committee for the best paper in the field of functional GI disorders
Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist
Dr Adam Farmer undertook his medical training at University College London, qualifying with the degrees of MB BS BSc (Hons) in 2001. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004. He undertook his specialist training in gastroenterology and general medicine in the West Midlands before moving to the Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine, where he carried out a body of research funded by the Medical Research Council. He currently works at the University Hospitals of North Midlands and runs the neurogastroenterology service.
Senior Lecturer / Gastroenterologist
Dr Eugenicos is a Senior Lecturer / Gastroenterologist at, Western General Hospital Gastroenterology Department, University of Edinburgh. Her specialist interest is in Motility disorders having completed her PhD thesis in Functional Bowel Disorders their investigation and treatment at Edinburgh University. She has established the 1st Specialist Motility clinic in Scotland. This is a tertiary referral centre, for the whole of East Scotland and attracts patients with intractable GI dysmotility disorders including Faecal Incontinence and IBS. She runs the Motility laboratory for both diagnostic and therapeutic anorectal modalities such as Neurostimulation and Biofeedback treatment.
Alex Ford is currently a Professor and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK. During his registrar training he conducted a 2-year period of research funded by the Medical Research Council, obtaining an MD from Leeds University.
He is an Associate Editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and a member of the international editorial boards of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including original scientific papers in JAMA, BMJ, Gastroenterology, Gut, Archives of Internal Medicine, and The American Journal of Gastroenterology. His h-index on Web of Science is 41, and his papers have been cited over 4900 times in total.
Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology
Peter Whorwell is Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester in the UK and directs a unit with a wide ranging research programme into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders. It also cares for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK and even abroad and evaluates new treatment options including pharmacological, dietary and behavioral approaches. Professor Whorwell has published over 350 papers and chapters in his fields of interest and serves on a number of national and international advisory panels and working parties.
Chloe qualified as a Dietitian in 2011 and went on to do a Masters in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition. She currently works in the NHS as a Community Dietitian and, also, as a Diabetes Dietitian. She leads on gastro related conditions in the Community service in which she works and has a special interest in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.She has been trained in the low FODMAP diet at King’s College London and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA). She is, also, a media spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association and has spoken on a range of dietary topics in a number of publications and on the radio.
Megan is a Registered Dietitian with an award-winning PhD in gut health. She leads research at King’s College London investigating nutrition-based therapies in gut health, including pre- & probiotics, dietary fibres, the low FODMAP diet and food additives. In addition, Megan founded The Gut Health Clinic in London, works with the food industry and is currently writing an evidence-based guide to gut health planned for publication in 2019.
Marianne Williams is a specialist IBS and allergy dietitian who works for Somerset Partnership NHS Trust. Her focus on innovation has led to the creation of the first UK ‘Dietetic-Led Primary Care Gastroenterology Clinic’ seeing adult patients with IBS or food allergy. This fully funded service has a 70% success rate using a range of specialist evidence based dietary interventions. The clinic was a finalist in 2015 Health Service Journal Awards and won ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2012 UK Care Integration Awards. Marianne went on to receive ‘Dietitian of the Year’ and an ‘NHS Recognition Award’ for her work in this area.
Dr Adam Harris
Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist
Adam is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist. He graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1987 after completing an intercalated degree in physiology. After training in general medicine and gastroenterology in London and the Home Counties, he worked in research investigating H pylori and was awarded an MD in 1995. He was Senior Registrar to Professor David Silk where he developed expertise in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other functional gut disorders. In 1997 he was appointed to the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, where he worked until 2017.
Adam works full time in the independent sector in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, the City of London and Canary Wharf. He has an interest in IBS, small intestine bacterial overgrowth and other bowel disorders and is a keen advocate of the use of diet, pre- and probiotics.
Specialist gastroenterology dietitian
Kirsten Jackson is a specialist gastroenterology dietitian who has worked in both the NHS and private sectors.
She started her career in gastroenterology at Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals and now works for The Food Treatment Clinic based in Belfast. In her current role, she provides expert dietary advice for individuals suffering with digestive health problems, including the low FODMAP diet.
Laurin McDonald is a highly experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher. She has over 10 years’ experience of working with people with IBS using hypnotherapy. IBS Clinical Hypnotherapy can be effective for IBS because IBS is primarily thought to be a disorder of the ‘brain-gut axis’.
Laurin is also licensed to train Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which has also been proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and a number of chronic stress related conditions. Where appropriate she will work with the client helping them to develop mindfulness meditation practice to support them.
Lee Martin RD
Lee Martin MSc RD is an adult dietitian with 9 years’ experience working within the NHS and in an academic role. Currently Lee works at University College London Hospital as a Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian. Here he provides group education sessions on the low FODMAP diet alongside one to one expert advice for a range of functional gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.
Previously Lee worked in an academic role at King’s College London researching and developing the low FODMAP diet for treating irritable bowel syndrome.
Matt is a Gastroenterology Specialist Registrar (doctor) based in Wessex with eight years’ experience as a medical physician. He is currently specialist registrar to Nicholas Coleman at University Hospital Southampton and works with him to help treat patients living with mild to severe IBS exhibiting a variety of symptoms. As an IBS sufferer himself Matt is able to combine his personal understanding of the condition with clinical expertise in order to help others to learn to better self-manage their IBS. He combines this with the use of established techniques and rigorous investigation to try and obtain the best outcomes for his patients.
Matt is a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology & Royal College of Physicians and holds MRCP Accreditation in Gastroenterology.
Talking therapies specialist
Mike began his career in managerial and coaching roles. He attained a DMS PGDip and specialised in coaching, mentoring, leadership and implementation of training strategies aligned to corporate mission aims, goals and objectives.This led to the development of internal holistic wellbeing solutions tailored to individuals. Mike then studied a range of talking therapies including NLP, Reiki (Master), Clinical Hypnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to become a professional life coach.
In 2018 Mike received special recognition from Robert M Gordon, (American Psychological Assoc, USA) and Paolo Scapellato, (European University of Rome, Italy) for his workshops on stress management. He was also presented with a Certificate of Recognition of Outstanding Services Rendered in Organizing 4th International Conference on Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Management in Frankfurt, Germany by Robert M. Gordon, PhD Fellow of the American Psychological Association US. He has recently completed the Primary Certificate in Stress Management approved by The British Psychological Society and International Society for Coaching Psychology.
Bowel Specialist Nurse
Rebecca is a Bowel Specialist Nurse in the NHS. She has experience of working in endoscopy, research and oncology. She specialises in disorders of the gut-brain interaction, IBS–C, IBS-D, constipation and faecal incontinence. Rebecca is extremely interested in the role of patients in research and the breaking down of barriers to bowel related discussions.
Tamsin is a HCPC, (Health & Care Professions Council) registered dietitian working both within the NHS and privately. Since qualifying she has continued to gain knowledge and dietetic skills, concentrating on areas for which she has a passion, (diabetes, cardiovascular health, IBS, FODMAPS and gastroenterology). With experience in general paediatrics covering food allergies and intolerances, tube feeding, weight management, IBS, constipation and selective eating behaviours Tamsin currently works with the paediatric dietetic community. This has covered an array of conditions including newly diagnosed children with complex gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Orofacial Granulomatosis, Intestinal failure, Coeliac Disease, bowel resections and stoma’s, IBS, Fat/Carbohydrate malabsorption, and functional gut disorders, including GORD, reflux and constipation.