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


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.

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. Whilst in York, he was appointed Endoscopy Lead and Trust Lead for Gastroenterology as well as being involved leading a range of IT developments, eating disorder management, patient safety and infection prevention initiatives. He was College Tutor for six years and Deputy Training Program Director for Continuing Medical Trainees in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery, 2015-2018.

In 2018, he left York to join the team at Manchester University Foundation Trust to support the development of functional gastroenterology services within the Trust.

He is a patron of a local charity, Selby Hands of Hope, and Trustee of The IBS Network. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, reading, cycling and has in the past competed as an age group triathlete for Great Britain.

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