Our Trustees

Meet the trustees who work with The IBS Network.

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. Contact info@theibsnetwork.org for more information.

Bernard Coleman

Bernard Coleman

Trustee


Bernard has been involved in governance and non-executive roles for the last 20 years and he hopes to bring the skills he has learnt over that period to help the Board and Network develop over the coming years.

Bernard has worked in social housing for over 35 years and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1999. He has created an Arms Length Management Organisation for Bassetlaw District Council and became its Managing Director when it started in 2004. He has been a Board Member and Vice Chair of ACIS Group Limited and he is currently a Board Member of Nottinghamshire Superannuation Pensions Board.

He retired from work in 2015 on health grounds and he has suffered with IBS for over 15 years.

Tony whiting

Tony whiting

Acting Chair


Tony has been involved in the governance of not-for-profit organisations since 1985.  His experience on boards and committees at national, regional and local level as an independent trustee, director and chairman, equip him with credible skills, competencies and experience to operate effectively at board level. Tony was the founding Vice Chair of Sheffield Healthwatch and was a patient member of the NICE Guideline Development Group up-dating the Osteoarthritis guidelines.

Tony was a senior manager for many years, especially in education, finally managing the MBA degree at Leeds University Business School.   He is also a qualified Company Secretary, a Health and Safety Consultant and an SME Mentor.Since retiring he has travelled and walked much and continues to do so. Tony was attracted to this role as it is local to him and he has a skill set that may benefit the organisation and he has personal experience as a long-time sufferer of IBS (for the last 40+ yrs).

Rosemary Finn

Rosemary Finn

Trustee-Solicitor


Originally from Lincolnshire, Rosemary has worked in South Yorkshire since 1991 and lived in Sheffield since 1994.

After completing secondary education in Lincolnshire, she studied Law at the University of Wolverhampton and then the College of Law in Guildford. She secured a training contract at a High Street practice in Lincoln.

Rosemary qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and remained in Lincoln until 1991 when she secured a position in the family Team at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield. She 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 she joined Howells in Sheffield but due to Family Law Legal Aid reforms, the department she worked in closed in 2013.

Rosemary joined Taylor Bracewell in 2013. She is based primarily in their Sheffield office but she does spend some time in the Doncaster office. Her main area of practice is Family Law although she also works within the Employment Law team.

Vicky Grant

Vicky Grant

Trustee


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

Dr Simon Smale

Trustee -Gastroenterologist


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.

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