"Although I have never been in a choir, I have had a love of choral music from an early age...

...and loved attending concerts with my parents. I also took piano lessons as a child and later worked as a self-employed piano teacher while my children were young. I was choir secretary for Wigan Girls' Choir while my daughter was a member, and first heard of NYCGB when my daughter became a member of the Training Choir in 1999.I then applied to work on the courses as a member of the pastoral team (much to her disgust) and I have been here ever since, first as Head of Pastoral Care and since 2015 as the newly-appointed Head of Safeguarding. I have been employed by local government for the past 11 years, working with vulnerable teenagers in a care setting. This work has given me a wide experience of safeguarding/child protection, and the training I have received has been invaluable in my new role for NYCGB.


Joy oversees NYCGB's safeguarding and pastoral care policies and practice, and leads NSPCC Child Protection training and First Aid training for course staff.

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