MA in Independent Film, London College of Printing, 1993
Upper Second, BA in Humanities, Open University, 1991
Advanced Diploma in Media Production, Bournemouth Film School, 1989
Joan sat on the Board of Women in Film & Television for six years and was appointed their representative on Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI), travelling to Los Angeles and Toronto.
She was also the founding Chair of British Actors' Equity's LGBT committee, attending many TUC LGBT Conferences as Equity's representative.
Whilst running GLAM, Joan sat on the board of the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Sector Organisations.
Working in London
During the 1990s, Joan worked for the Women's Audio-Visual Education Scheme (WAVES) at the London Women's Centre, finding work placements for students within Independent Production Companies. At the same time, she made several short films including a Channel 4 commission for Dyke TV - 'Can't You Take a Joke', an 18 minute documentary about lesbian humour.
Working in Brighton
In 1999 Joan became Project Director of Gay & Lesbian Arts and Media (GLAM), an arts education charity for the LGBT community in Brighton with a staff of seven, running training and arts projects for the next five years.
GLAM's work included:
'Before Stonewall', supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lloyds TSB Foundations, a national oral history project collecting filmed recollections of life before 1969 from London, Brighton, Bristol, Plymouth, Manchester and Cardiff.
'Hold Tight, Tight Hold', supported by Comic Relief and Lloyds TSB Foundations, developed a website and CD-rom, using the arts to tell people's experiences of same-sex domestic abuse. The first of its kind in the country.
GLAM was awarded funding by the Sussex Learning & Skills Council to develop a programme of Open College Network accredited training in community website design, digital video production, and performance skills. Joan sat on the local Learning Partnership as representative for the independent sector and became vice-chair during her second year.
In 2001, Joan made a short animation called Underwater World, broadcast on Meridien TV for their Lighthouse/Meridien digital shorts programme.
Working in Cornwall
In 2003 Joan moved to Cornwall to take up the position of Media Development Co-ordinator at Creative Kernow, the new Creative Industries Agency, after which she took up the post of Co-ordinator of Cornwall Media Focus - the business sector network, at Cornwall Film.
Joan won an award from the UK Film Council, SW Screen and Cornwall Film to make a short; White Fire in 2007 and Storm in 2009 for Labrys Productions. White Fire was selected for the very first Iris Prize Film Festival in Cardiff and Storm was selected for the Rhode Island Film Festival, Moondance, WoW amongst many other festivals. To watch Storm and White Fire, click here.
More recently, Joan has focused on writing. In 2010, her comedy, Kernow Maid, was selected to be part of the Cross Channel Film Lab development scheme in Brittany and Cornwall alongside Marie Macneill.
She is currently developing two feature film screenplays as well as conducting research into the barriers faced by LGBT women directors moving from short to feature-length film production. Her findings will be presented at the Iris Prize Film Festival, in October 2017.