After graduating from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science Degree, First Class Honours, Joy spent some years teaching chemistry, before moving to England to pursue a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Loughborough, where she excelled and graduated with honours.
Joy joined Appleton Estate as Chief Chemist in 1981, gaining the title of Master Blender in 1997.
Joy is the first woman to hold the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry.
In 2005, the Government of Jamaica awarded Joy the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer (OD) for her service to industry.
As in her true words, Joy has been combining the Art and Science of Rum Making to craft premium Jamaican Rum Appelton Estate for 35 years.