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
Joyce served as a Pembrokeshire County Councillor from 1995
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
Joyce was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales
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 Regions.
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.