Joel was born and raised in Cardiff and has lived in the Cardiff North Constituency all of his life. The son of a primary school teacher, Joel understands the importance of public service. A former Student Union President, Joel understands the views of young people and has listened and acted on the concerns of local residents. Since setting up his own business when he was 16, Joel has had the opportunity to work with a number of individuals and local businesses throughout Cardiff North and the wider region of South Wales.Joel is a school governor of two local schools in Cardiff, a primary school in St. Mellons where he is Vice Chairman and a special school for children with autism in Pentwyn.
Joel is passionate about diversity and equality and is a Director & Trustee of Diverse Cymru and has been an active member of the organisation since joining the Board in 2013. Diverse Cymru is a Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination.
Joel enjoys contributing positively to the community and is a member of the board of Cartref Care Homes in Cardiff. Cartref runs two care homes in Roath & Llanishen and is a not for profit charitable organisation. Joel is a member of his local church in Old St Mellons and is an active member of Old St Mellons Village Association (OSMVA). OSMVA organise social and sporting activities in Old St Mellons and hold regular events throughout the year that bring the community together. He also has a keen interest in acting and is a former member of a local amateur dramatics group in Cardiff.
In May 2017 Joel was elected as County Councillor for Pontprennau and Old St Mellons, a Council Ward in the Cardiff North Constituency. Joel sits on the Council's Standards and Ethics Committee, the Audit Committee and the Council's Appeals Committee. He is also a member of South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority and is committed to the furtherance of the Fire and Rescue Service.
Joel was delighted to accept an invitation from Autism Puzzles to serve the charity as an ambassador. Autism Puzzles is a registered charity offering friendly, confidential support to parents/carers of children going through and following their Autism diagnosis. Autism Puzzles is based in Cardiff and holds regular fundraising events, workshops and family fun time sessions. Its a privilege for Joel to serve and assist this wonderful charity. For more information about Autism Puzzles please click here.
Joel is an ambassador for Balls to Cancer, an international mens cancer charity that supports sufferers and their families dealing with cancer. Balls to Cancer host many fundraising events and awareness campaigns with many famous faces to help bring awareness to male cancers. For more information about Balls to Cancer please click here.
A Renault Twizy owner since 2016, Joel supports the introduction of more electric car charging locations throughout Cardiff and is committed to making Cardiff a cleaner, more greener City to live, work, play and raise a family.
Outside of politics, Joel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing card games and hunting out good restaurants to eat pizza!