Joy was elected as Police, Crime and Victims' Commission for Durham in May 2021.
Joy has spent most of her career working in the public sector for Durham Constabulary, Sedgefield Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service as Head of Service and Area Manager for Community Safety.
She was elected to Durham County Council in 2013 and was appointed to the Cabinet in 2015 where she held the Safer Communities Portfolio.
In 2017 Joy was appointed to lead Durham County Council’s Transformation Programme. She was elected Mayor of Bishop Auckland in 2019 and was a cabinet member for Transformation, Culture and Tourism.