Joyce Watson is married with three children,
one grandson and one granddaughter.
She attended schools in Manorbier, Cosheston
and Cardigan. Joyce returned to education as an adult, studying at
Pembrokeshire College and Swansea University.
Joyce served as a Pembrokeshire County
Councillor from 1995 – 2004.
Before her election to the National Assembly
for Wales, Joyce managed the Wales Women’s National
Coalition. She was a senior member of the Wales Gender Budget Group
and NHS Equality Reference Group.
Joyce has run several small businesses –
public houses, restaurants and retail outlets – in
Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Joyce was first elected to the National
Assembly for Wales in 2007.
She has represented the Assembly on several
international bodies: the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
(CPA) Wales branch (Chair), the British-Irish Parliamentary
Assembly, and the Council of Europe’s Congress of the
Joyce champions the International White Ribbon
campaign against domestic violence and is founder of the
Assembly’s anti-human trafficking group. Her political
interests include promoting the construction industry and rural
economic renewal – by working to raise skills, expand
apprenticeships and support rural businesses.