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Joan Watkins


Joan is the Conservative Councillor for the Caerleon Ward, Newport.

She is a mother of a son and daughter, and a grandmother to five grandchildren aged between 1 and 15 years. Joan enjoyed a long career as a nurse and midwife, and also managed over six years a befriending service for older people in the community.

Joan has experience as a City Councillor in England for five years, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in the following roles:

  • Chair Health & Well-being Scrutiny Panel.
  • Chair Joint Negotiating Committee.
  • Member Foster Panel and Corporate Parenting Group.
  • Cabinet Member for Children's Services.


Joan is currently working as a volunteer with the following organisations:

  • NCC Youth Offending Service Court Referral and Bureau Panels.
  • Caseworker for SSAFA Newport.
  • Working with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - developing befriending services across Gwent.
  • Chair of the Governing Board for the second largest Pupil Referral Unit in England - providing first class education and support for children facing difficult challenges in their lives.

Joan is also a co-opted member of the NCC Scrutiny Panel, covering Children's Services representing the Monmouth Diocese of the Church in Wales.

Key points that Joan wants to address in Caerleon are the following:

  • Air Pollution.
  • Housing Development / Former campus site.
  • Loss of children's play areas.
  • Need for dropped kerbs in certain areas.
  • Potholes and the general condition of the roads in Caerleon.
  • Fly tipping and litter.
  • Dog fouling.
  • Anti-social behaviour in the Lodge area.
  • A need to have a railway station in Caerleon - to help reduce traffic and improve communications for people working in Newport and beyond.
  • Address the poor condition of buildings at Caerleon Comprehensive School.


Joan in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (NHS Wales), was instrumental in helping to create 'Ffrind i mi' (Friend of Mine) a community project that focuses on the loneliness and isolation that affect many people across our society. You can visit the website to understand more about the project.

You can visit Cllr. Joan Watkins Caerleon and Christchurch Facebook page for up-to-date local view points. Please get in touch with Joan via our secure Contact page or use the Feedback form below.