A Registered Nurse since 1990, with a BA (Hons) in Management and Business Studies and MSc in Nursing, Joy has worked predominately in oncology and palliative care for 25 years, across a number of health systems. She has worked at a senior level in different organisations and has been operationally and strategically involved in planning and commissioning new services. She has led on generic projects including nurse education and workforce planning, and within and across organisational boundaries in the voluntary sector, private sector, acute Trusts, and cancer networks.

Joy’s career has included roles in teaching hospitals, district general hospitals, private and charitable sectors, covering wards with both affluence and social deprivation in Northern Ireland, London, New Zealand and more locally in Somerset.

Joy has worked for St. Margaret’s Hospice for 5 years, appointed initially as Head of Nursing and Patient Services for the West of the County and most recently as Clinical Director. She strongly believes that patients and families must remain at the heart of what we do and that her work in different environments, understanding the challenges facing every part of the health care sector, has helped to prepare her for this role.

Married with two teenage boys, she and her family love the Somerset countryside and exploring the South West as a whole.