St Ives Town Council – West
Penzance Council – East
As a three year old (my brothers tell me), I declared I wanted to be called Joan, but legally Marion comes first. Oh well.
I started out as a performer; on joining my local Equity branch I got conned into becoming its secretary. Thus started a life of trade union activism. Tired of the lack of decent roles for women, I retrained as a writer/director at Bournemouth Film School. On graduating, I stood for election to Equity’s Women’s Committee on the basis that it was safe for me to speak out on inequalities in the profession as I was no longer pursuing an acting career.
I joined London’s leading women’s training organisation (WAVES) and served on the board of Women in Film & TV for six years, before moving to Brighton and setting up an arts and media training charity for the LGBT+ community that tackled issues such as same-sex domestic abuse and homophobic bullying of young people.
I moved to Nancledra in 2001. Two years later I got a job as Media Development Coordinator at Creative Kernow. My post then moved into Cornwall Film where I ran the filmmakers business network.
After a career break as a carer, I needed a “real” job; not easy for a WASPI woman in her sixties. I also wanted a job that mattered, that could make a difference to people’s lives. I was lucky enough to find it as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Ludgvan. So whilst I may not have prior experience as a Councillor, I have worked 30 hours/week handling a Parish Council’s day-to-day business; everything from cemetery management, to reporting potholes, to relocating dog waste bins.
So, that’s me; a background in the arts and media and a lifetime’s commitment to equality and diversity. Most Councils, as they stand, do not reflect their local communities. The average Councillor is over 70, white and male. I want Councils to be more diverse and more relevant to local people.