Joyce was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School and brought up in Newlands and moved to Newton Mearns in 1982. Her Estate Agency career began in 1995 when she joined a large corporate agent, and in 2003 joined a privately owned agent in Newton Mearns where she was instrumental in the start of the business and its continued success. She has successfully negotiated the sale of almost 3000 properties and thrives on helping clients buy their new home. She has two grown up children and lives with her husband in Newton Mearns. Joyce has been a competitive swimmer from an early age and now regularly takes part in triathlons.