Joel lives on the outskirts of Cardiff and serves as a Community Councillor on Marshfield Community Council. The Council is a key contributor to local planning, policing and highways and has input into planning applications within the Marshfield & Castleton areas. The Council is responsible for the council tax levy and the allocation grant from Newport Council. Joel is the Council’s representative to One Voice Wales- the organisation that represents community and town councils across Wales. He is Vice-Chairman of the Council & Chairman of the Council's Finance Committee. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Councils Planning Committee.
Joel is a school governor of two local schools in Cardiff, a primary school in St. Mellons where Joel is Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance & Estates Committee and a special needs school in Pentwyn.
Since leaving Big Brother Joel continued with his A-levels studies at St David's College in Cardiff. In August 2016, Joel left St David's College with 3 'A' grades. Before entering the Big Brother house Joel was President of the Students Union at the college.
Joel is passionate about diversity and equality and is a Director & Trustee of Diverse Cymru and is an active member of the organisation. Diverse Cymru is a Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination.
He has an interest in law and the planning system in Wales and is Vice-Chairman of a local action group in Cardiff campaigning against unsustainable forms of greenfield development. He is also a member of an action group in Newport opposing unsuitable locations for renewable energy projects.
Joel enjoys contributing positively to the community and is a member of the board of Cartref Care Homes in Cardiff. Cartref run 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 Minute Secretary to Old St Mellons Village Association. 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 member of a local amateur dramatics group in Cardiff.
Joel has a keen and active interest in politics and is an active campaigner in Cardiff & Newport and his local area of Old St. Mellons. Joel is Secretary of Cardiff North Conservative Association and Deputy Chairman of Pontprennau & Old St. Mellons Conservatives.
In October 2015 Joel was selected to stand for the 2016 Welsh Assembly Elections in May 2016. Joel stood for Cardiff Central and after a tough campaigned came third behind Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
In May 2016 Joel was selected to stand for the forthcoming Council Elections for his home ward of Pontprennau and Old St Mellons. For more details about Joel's current campaign's for Pontprennau and Old St Mellons please click here.
Since exiting Big Brother 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.
In November 2015 Joel was invited to become a patron of Welsh Hearts, a national charity in Wales which provides life saving defibrilators and training to individuals and communties up and down Wales. For more information about Welsh Hearts and their Patrons please click here.