Meet the trustees who work with The IBS Network.
I have been involved in the governance of not-for-profit organisations since 1985. My experience on boards and committees at national, regional and local level as an independent trustee, director and chairman, equip me with credible skills, competencies and experience to operate effectively at board level. I was the founding Vice Chair of Sheffield Healthwatch and was a patient member of the NICE Guideline Development Group up-dating the Osteoarthritis guidelines.
I was a senior manager for many years, especially in education, finally managing the MBA degree at Leeds University Business School. I am also a qualified Company Secretary, a Health and Safety Consultant and an SME Mentor.
Since retiring I have travelled and walked much and continue to do so. I was attracted to this role as it is local to me and I have a skill set that may benefit the organisation and I have personal experience as a long-time sufferer of IBS (for the last 40+ yrs).
Originally from Lincolnshire, I have worked in South Yorkshire since 1991 and lived in Sheffield since 1994.
After completing secondary education in Lincolnshire, I studied Law at the University of Wolverhampton and then the College of Law in Guildford. I secured a training contract at a High Street practice in Lincoln.
I qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and remained in Lincoln until 1991 when I secured a position in the family Team at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield. I remained at Irwin Mitchell for 8 years and then moved to Tofield,Swann and Smythe in Sheffield who subsequently merged with Wake Smith. In 2010 I joined Howells in Sheffield but due to Family Law Legal Aid reforms, the department I worked in closed in 2013.
I joined Taylor Bracewell in 2013. I am based primarily in our Sheffield office but I do spend some time in the Doncaster office. My main area of practice is Family Law although I also work within the Employment Law team.
Vicky is Head of Library Learning Services at the University of Sheffield. She is undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD research project between the Medical School and the School of English at the University.
Her project, entitled Knowing as Healing: Living well with irritable bowel syndrome, is an appreciative inquiry, which is utilising narrative to discover how people can live well with IBS. Vicky has lived with irritable bowel syndrome herself since she was thirteen years of age.
Dr Simon Smale
Simon undertook his early medical training in Nottingham and Northampton then worked for Dame Prof Black at the Royal Free Hospital before doing his Specialist training in Gastroenterology based at Kings College Hospital, London. During that time he undertook research into the use of faecal markers in gastro-intestinal disease and briefly collaborated with Prof Q Aziz.
He was appointed Consultant at York District Hospital in 2005 developing his interest in functional disease and the psychosocial aspects of medicine.
He has since been appointed Endoscopy Lead and Trust Lead for Gastroenterology as well as being involved in a range of IT developments, eating disorder management, patient safety and infection prevention initiatives.
Our Panel of experts
Dr Anton Emmanuel
University College London
Anton Emmanuel obtained his medical degree from London University. He is a Senior Lecturer in Neuro-Gastroenterology at University College London and Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore). Prior to this he was Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and St Mark's Hospital. His current clinical work encompasses being director of the GI Physiology Unit at University College Hospital as well as providing a general gastroenterology service. His research includes basic gut neurophysiology and the study of the aetiology and management of functional gastrointestinal disorders of the upper and lower gut. He currently supervises 6 post-graduate research fellows undertaking higher degrees. Laboratory work is undertaken jointly with colleagues in UCL
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.
Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist & Lecturer
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.
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 Nick Read
Nick works in private practice as a gastroenterologist and psychotherapist, helping people cope with illnesses, like IBS, that have no clear cause or pathology. During a long academic career, he has held university chairs in Gastrointestinal Physiology, Human Nutrition and Integrated Medicine, published too many papers and a few books. He now devotes much of his time trying to help people understand what underlies their illnesses and how better to manage them. This is the subject of his book, ‘Sick and Tired; healing the illnesses, doctors cannot cure’ (Phoenix, 2006). He has been associated with The IBS Network since its inauguration by Sue Backhouse and Christine Dancey in 1991.
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.
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 Emma Solomon
Emma joined Salford Royal NHS Trust in 2009 and has supported patients with a variety of health conditions. During this time she ran a psychological service to support patients being treated in the departments of gastroenterology and colorectal surgery. She now works in the field of general medicine where she helps patients who have become anxious or depressed as a result of their health condition. She continues to have a special interest in the mind-body connection and recognises that for some people, their symptoms seem related to what is going on in their lives. Regardless of their diagnosis, she is committed to helping people to understand the links between physical and psychological factors, exploring how the stress associated with symptoms can sometimes make the symptoms themselves worse. Ultimately, her role is to help people to find ways to cope with their symptoms in order to get back to a normal daily routine.”