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Joy Kent

With nearly 20 years’ experience working in the third sector in Wales, 13 of those in leadership roles, Joy has a comprehensive knowledge of the third and public sectors, social enterprise, homelessness, housing, governance and equalities. 

Joy set up her own business in January 2017 helping individuals, teams and organisations identify and build on their strengths to achieve their goals.  Prior to setting up Joy Unltd., she was chief executive of Chwarae Teg – the leading charity promoting gender equality in the workplace and before that, she was the first executive director of Cymorth Cymru – the umbrella body for providers of support, care and homelessness services. Prior to taking up leadership roles, Joy worked in policy development for the Welsh Government and umbrella bodies for local government and housing. Before coming to Wales, Joy worked abroad teaching English in Spain, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Egypt. 

Outside work, Joy has held a number of board positions including with the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action and Valleys to Coast Housing. She is currently the vice chair of Cynon Taf Community Housing Group, and holds board positions with the Community Foundation in Wales and Social Investment Cymru. She has also been appointed by a number of Welsh Government Ministers to committees and groups informing policy development including issues such as European funding, gender equality, homelessness and taxation. 

Joy has a BA Degree in social sciences and economics and a Masters in housing. Her contribution to the equalities agenda in Wales was recognised in 2016 with an Honorary Fellowship from Glyndwr University. She is a Patron of The Motivational Preparation College for Training (MPCT).  

 Joy lives in Cardiff with her husband Keith, Spanish rescue dog Chico and UK rescue cat, Spooky. Apart from walking Chico, her free time is taken up with ceramic art – a passion she returned to in 2016 after a 35-year break. 

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