Board member - 2017; Vice Chair – October 2020; Chair - June 2021
Joy has been involved with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival since 1996. She has Chaired and held Non-Executive Director & Executive Director positions on a number of NGO/NfPs and private businesses, including a not-for-profit foundation that funds social justice programs that have direct positive impacts within the Tasmanian community. She is a member of Philanthropy Australia and Women on Boards.
A keen sailor, Joy has been a custodian of 3 classic yachts since migrating to Australia 28 years ago. She has spent the past 3.5 years working on and project managing the restoration of her classic cruising ketch Holger Danske, a K. Aage Nielsen designed Scandinavian double-ender.
Joy’s enthusiasm for classic wooden boats and advancing Tasmania is matched by her passion for biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. She was on the Sprout Tasmania Board in 2015-16 and has volunteered in various co-operative enterprises, co-managed an award-winning olive oil farm in Victoria, as well as co-created a certified Biodynamic market garden in Southern Tassie in the late 90’s.
Joy grew up in New England, USA and her childhood was spent on the water with her family. After university, Joy moved to Port Townsend in Washington State to work with Brion Toss as a yacht rigger. She has lived, worked and sailed in vibrant wooden boat communities all her life, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Washington State, San Francisco, Sydney, Victoria and Tasmania. Joy moved to Tasmania twenty-five years ago to raise her family.
Joy holds a private aircraft Pilot’s Licence and has completed the Coastal Yacht Master programme.