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Ross Elliott


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 Miles Sparrow

Mile SparrowDr Miles Sparrow joined the Committee of Management and the Scientific Advisory Committee in 2008. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2004.

After finishing gastroenterology training in Melbourne, he undertook a clinical research fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease (i.e. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) at The University of Chicago, then Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Miles attends inflammatory bowel disease clinics at The Alfred and Box Hill Hospitals, while working in private practice at Brighton Gastroenterology Associates. His research interests include the use of experimental agents in clinical trials and the optimal use of immune modulating medications in inflammatory bowel disease.

Jane Panaccio

Jane PanaccioJane Panaccio has been involved with The Gutsy Group, Inc. since 1999 and took on the role of Fundraising Coordinator from 2006 – 2012. Jane joined the Committee of Management in 2008 and remains on the fundraising committee.

Jane has relevant experience as resource coordinator and marketing officer for The Young Ostomates United (Y.O.U, Inc.) and has experience in public speaking. Jane is the mother of two boys and works as a speech pathologist. She has run her own small business in the past and now works part-time at Epworth Healthcare.

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.

Rob Morgan

Rob Morgan | The Gutsy GroupRob joined The Gutsy Group in November 2014. He was first introduced to the group via his role as General Manager of Business Development and Property at Melbourne Pathology.

After attending and sponsoring the major fundraiser for several years, he was inspired to express an interest in joining the team.

He has had a varied professional life and currently works in the pathology industry as a member of the Executive Team at Melbourne Pathology.

Isobel Rogerson

Isobel Rogerson | The Gutsy GroupIsobel joined The Gutsy Group Committee of Management, as Secretary, in late 2014.

She is an experienced governance professional and lawyer. Isobel’s background is primarily in financial services, having worked in a range of organisations across the industry.

In addition to her full-time work, Isobel has, over the years, been a keen volunteer for a number of sporting and voluntary bodies. Isobel has chosen to work with The Gutsy Group as her current not-for-profit organisation and is enjoying the opportunity to support the Group in efforts to fund much-needed research.