Joyce Watson has been Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales since 2007.
Joyce is a member of the Assembly Commission, the corporate body for the National Assembly for Wales, with responsibility for equalities and Assembly staff. She sits on the Assembly’s Equality, Local Government & Communities committee and chairs the Cross-Party Groups on Construction and Human Trafficking.
In 2016 Joyce was elected chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands & Mediterranean region, having previously chaired the Wales branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). She has represented Wales on the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) and the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local & Regional Authorities.
Joyce is involved in a number of high-profile campaigns. She champions the White Ribbon cause, enlisting support to End Violence against Women. In 2010 she wrote Bordering on Concern, a report on Human Trafficking in Wales. Following its publication, the Welsh Government appointed the UK’s first anti-Trafficking commissioner. In 2009 Joyce launched the Women in Construction network; she continues to work with employers and trade bodies to get more young people and women into the construction industry.
Before her election to the Assembly, Joyce was leader of the Labour group on Pembrokeshire Council. She managed Women’s Voice, the Wales Women’s National Coalition, and was a senior member of the Wales Gender Budget Group and the NHS Equality Reference Group.
Joyce has strong links to mid and west Wales. She was educated at Manorbier School, Cosheston School and Cardigan Comprehensive, and has run several businesses – public houses, restaurants and retail outlets in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Joyce returned to education as an adult, taking A-levels at Pembrokeshire College before reading Politics at Swansea University. She is married with three children, a granddaughter and a grandson.