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Marion Joan Beveridge

St Ives Town Council – West
Penzance Council – East

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.

3 replies on “Marion Joan Beveridge”

what am i not doing as a white male workaholic residents first as a current cornwall councillor i find that statement offensive you dont know how involved i am and how I give my time

Councillor McLening, I have no idea what you’re doing but I am sure your constituents keep themselves informed.

I am guessing that the statement you object to is:

Most Councils, as they stand, do not reflect their local communities. The average Councillor is retired, over 70, white and male. I want Councils to be more diverse, work more effectively and be more relevant to ordinary people.

I think we’d all agree that councils do not generally reflect their local communities. Lack of time, remuneration and interest take their toll on those who might stand.

I think we can all agree that councils should attempt to be more diverse, work effectively and remain relevant to ordinary people.

How much work councillors do or how involved they are is not being questioned at all.

But it is still true that 76% of Cornwall Councillors ARE men. And they ARE, men and women, ALL white.

So, if you don’t mind me asking, what exactly do you find offensive in this passage?

I am sure you have heard worse on a visit to the butchers.
Perhaps you need to get out more.
Or grow up.

For all your confected offence, I am sure you know it is not your age, colour or gender that is the problem; it is the demographic make up of Cornwall Council.