Joan was elected to the Queensland Parliament as the Member for Lytton in January 2015. Joan is currently the Senior Government Whip and has been a member of the Public Works and Utilities Committee, Transportation and Utilities Committee, Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Infrastructure, Planning and Safety Committee, Education, Tourism and Small Business Committee and the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.

Prior to entering parliament Joan built a career in Adult Education in both the corporate and community sector and also ran a small business in the heart of her electorate.

She has always been a strong advocate for and volunteer in the community sector. She continues this work improving local health services, protecting the local environment and establishing support programs for victims of domestic violence.

She is the patron of the Wynnum Manly Historical Association, the Wynnum Manly Yacht Club. Aid and Recreation for the Disabled, the Bayside Woodturners and Woodcrafters Club and the Bayside Eastern District Orchid Society.

Joan is committed to growing a strong, caring, prosperous and health community.