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 Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs, and Economy, Infrastructure and Skills committees.
In 2017, at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Joyce was elected vice chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP). She chairs the CWP British Islands & Mediterranean region and is a former chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) Wales branch. Joyce has previously 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 campaigns. She champions the White Ribbon cause, enlisting support to End Violence against Women. At the Assembly, she chairs the Cross-Party Groups on Construction and Human Trafficking. In 2009 Joyce launched the Women in Construction network; she works with employers and trade bodies to promote diversity in the industry. Following the publication of her report on Human Trafficking in Wales, Knowing No Boundaries (2010), the Welsh Government appointed the UK’s first anti-Human Trafficking commissioner. In 2016 Joyce received a Woman in Public Life award from gender equality charity Chwarae Teg.
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 and two grandchildren.