The Sussex Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group

The committee of the Sussex ia organise events including AGM and quarterly newsletter. If you have any queries or concerns and would like to speak to a member in complete confidence, contact details are below.


Mrs Thirza Jago, Chairperson


Rainbows End
23 Rodney Crescent
Ford, Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 0DB

01903 719798


I have been a member of IA since surgery in 1990. Despite now being retired after 38 years in teaching 26 of them as a head teacher there always seems to be something happening to keep me active and busy. Wife of a retired policeman I hopefully have at 59 still much to achieve and look forward to in this next phase of my life and still many opportunities and challenges ahead I am sure. When I became an ostomate I joined IA because of my strong conviction for the vital importance and need for good support and a strong public voice for ostomates in times of need, a view that has not changed.

My interests are travel, history. cooking, the theatre, walking, the countryside, gardening, entertaining and supporting people.





Dave Drakeley, Secretary

47 Gloucester Road
West Sussex
RH10 5HR

01293 409379

I have been Secretary since 1996/97 and have had my Ileostomy since 1983. I am an Avionics engineer ( aircraft electrician) for BA and work shifts as well as my ia duties. Fortunately my boss is very charity friendly which is why I can be seen with the stand at most if not all of the local open days organised by the nurses and suppliers. I enjoy holidays in the sun around the world and visiting National Trust properties.



Tony Mason, Treasurer


23 St James Ct, St James Rd
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 1DB

01342 321490

Aged 72. Sussex ia Treasurer since 1999. Married to Carol for 50 years, living in East Grinstead Area for most of my life. I served 12 years in the Royal Navy and 33 years as a rural postman. Now retired. Interests include long country walks (with a pub), sport especially cricket and sunny holidays mainly to Greece and her beautiful islands. I've been an Ileostomist since 1978 luckily with no problems.



Stella Harris, Pouch Representative

2 Church Walk
West Sussex
BN11 2LH

01903 206655


Jane Myer


If you want to write to Jane or would like to speak to her about anything, please contact Dave Drakeley, Committee Secretary


















 Mr George Powell


14 Henderson Road
East Sussex
TN34 2DU  

01424 715423                                                                       

I am 65 years young and I have been an IA Member since my surgery in 1993 but I only became a Committee Member in 2009. I have lived in Hastings for 31 years and I have been married for nearly 46 years. I have a grown-up daughter and son and two lovely grandchildren. 
I am a Chartered Surveyor by profession and worked equally in both the public and private sector. I retired in 2005 from an International Facilities Management Company where I was the Director responsible for Health Care, mainly PFI Hospitals. 
My interest is DIY, gardening and watching sport as well spending as much time as possible with our grandchildren. 
I joined the Sussex IA Committee because I enjoy committee work and I felt that the Eastern Area required more of a presence. I am fully committed to developing the Sussex Branch and IA in general.