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Ross Elliott

Chairperson

Ross ElliotDr Ross Elliott is a founding member of The Gutsy Group, Inc. and has been on its Committee of Management since 1999.

Ross was the senior Gastroenterologist at the IBD clinic at St Vincent’s hospital until he retired in 2009.He retired from private practice in Feb 2014.

After obtaining his fellowship in General Medicine, Ross undertook further studies in the UK as the Sir Halley – Stewart Research Fellow at St Marks Hospital, London into IBD. Previous board appointments include the Mercy Private Hospital, Melbourne, the Gastroenterological Society of Australias Endoscopy Committee and the National Day Surgery Committee.

Clare Cummins

Clare CumminsMBA, B. Comm, FFSIA, Grad. Dip in Applied Finance & Investment, Dip. Financial Services (Financial Planning)

Ms Clare Cummins joined the Committee of Management in 2008.

Ms Cummins’ professional career has spanned the financial services and retail industries. Her roles have included relationship management in Westpac’s Institutional Bank, leading ANZs Group Audit function for its International, Institutional and Business Banking divisions and the Credit Risk Review process across the Bank. Ms Cummins has also worked in change management and business development roles for the Coles Myer Group, Omega Performance and is presently working within the NAB Group.

Ms Cummins is on the University of Melbourne’s Alumni Council and formerly on its Committee of Convocation. Ms Cummins was a founding director of the Moving Galleries initiative and has worked and studied overseas.

Dr Emily Wright

Dr Emily Wright joined the Committee of Management and the Scientific Advisory Committee in 2017. She graduated from Monash University with first class honours in 2006 and was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2013.

After finishing gastroenterology training in Melbourne, Emily was awarded an NHMRC post-graduate scholarship and completed a PhD through the University of Melbourne examining the clinical and microbiological features of post-operative Crohn’s disease. She was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Award for Excellence in a PhD thesis in 2017. Emily underwent further training at The Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Canada learning intestinal ultrasound, and has now developed this service at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne for use in the assessment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Emily now works as part of the inflammatory bowel disease unit at St Vincent’s Hospital while also working in Private Practice at East Melbourne Gastroenterology and Mornington Endoscopy. Emily continues to be actively involved in medical research with interests including the clinical management of inflammatory bowel disease, the gastrointestinal microbiome, novel microbial therapies and intestinal ultrasound.

Donna Shepherdson

Donna joined The Gutsy Group in 2006 as part of the fundraising team, and then the Committee of Management in 2008. Donna’s professional career has been in the wealth management industry. She spent four years as Director of Private Client Operations Australia for UBS sitting on the Management Committee.

In addition to this Donna gained sound experience in the following key areas: Risk Management, Audit and Compliance, Project Management and Change Management. She has a strong focus on client relationships. After 19 years in the financial industry, Donna decided on a career break to take on a very different role – motherhood.

Barry Cheetham

Barry joined the committee in 2011 and is currently Chairperson of the fundraising committee. He brings many years of business expertise in marketing and management. He owns a company that imports, wholesales and retails ladies footwear in Australia and New Zealand.

Gayle Sharp

Gayle joined the Gutsy Group Committee of Management as Treasurer in 2017. With a career spanning over 25 years in the finance industry, Gayle has extensive experience in trust management, corporate governance, risk management, compliance and business change management. Gayle has a Bachelor of Business (Finance and Accounting).

After attending fundraising events for several years, Gayle was thrilled to be invited to join the Group and is enjoying the opportunity to help raise funds for much needed IBD Research.

In her spare time, Gayle loves doing odd jobs, (she considers herself a bit of a handywoman), catching up with family and friends and spending time with her beloved pooch Molly.

Rod Peters

Rod Peters started his career in the banking industry then quickly moved into construction as an apprentice. After 10 years with a major construction company in 1979 he opened his own business in steel roofing and property development. Thirty years later he semi retired due to ill health having suffered crohns disease from the age of 14yrs.
Rod has been a financial supporter of The Gutsy Group for many years prior to becoming a committee member. His interests consist of golf and off shore cruising both in Australia and abroad.

Ingrid Mohr

Ingrid Mohr joined the Gutsy Group Committee of Management as Secretary in 2018. Ingrid is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions and has gained experience in all aspects of corporate law, including debt and equity raisings, corporate restructures, as well as corporate governance and other general commercial contracting matters. She also has experience in company secretarial work and advising not-for-profit and private investment funds on their structure and corporate documentation. In her spare time, Ingrid loves to travel, enjoys skiing and catching up with family and friends.

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