Lady Joy Smith DL Cert Ed. BSc (Hons) (Lond)
Joy was born in Bolton, the child of an energetic and politically active mother, and an intellectually curious Mancunian father.
The eldest of their seven children (a son died in infancy), she was educated at Bolton School and Bolton Technical College, before gaining her Teaching Certificate from Caerleon College of Education in South Wales. From there she accepted a post at a comprehensive school in Edmonton, Enfield, followed by one at a girls’ grammar school in Tower Hamlets.
Whilst teaching by day in London, she studied for her degree at Birkbeck College by night.
Joy married Peter, whom she had met through school, in 1968, and they returned to the North West to live in his home town, Leigh, in 1974; they have one daughter, born in 1983, the artist, Anna F.C. Smith.
Peter was elevated to the House of Lords in 1999.
Joy served for over twenty-five years as NUT representative whilst working in Warrington as Head of Geography, and then in Warrington and Lowton (Wigan LEA) as Head of Humanities.
She served on the managing and governing bodies of local schools as a Local Authority representative, before being elected Teacher Representative to the Lowton High School governors where she served for over fifteen years, either elected or co-opted, before her retirement from teaching.
From 2006 she worked as a constituency office volunteer, and then was employed as a part-time assistant caseworker for the Leigh MP, Andy Burnham, until March 2016.
Joy has been a Trustee of Age UK (formerly Age Concern) Wigan Borough since 2007, and Board Member with responsibility for Health and Safety from 2009.
Initially through the development of the role of Mayor’s Cadet, Joy has taken a special interest in the local Cadet Movement. More recently she has become involved in the charity Compassion in Action, in Leigh, which believes in ‘Meeting the Needs of People’, and specifically runs a Recovery Academy to help those whose lives have been blighted by addiction.
Joy was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester in 2008.