Michael Joy was for many years a Consultant Cardiologist at Ashford St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, Chertsey, Surrey. He trained at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, the National Heart Hospital and the London (now Royal London) Hospital. He was Cardiologist to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for 38 years, Travelling Professor to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Visiting Professor in Clinical Cardiology at Surrey University. In 2011 – 2012 he was High Sheriff of Surrey. He is a trustee of Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey.

He served on the Medical Advisory Committee to the Civil Aviation Authority for 35 years, for 10 years on the Secretary of State’s Honorary Advisory Committee on Cardiovascular Fitness to Drive, and finally on the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Medical Advisory Committee. He co-drafted the European and United Kingdom flying and driving licence standards in cardiology. He is a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine and a liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, having served on the Court thereof. He is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

He has over 100 publications with research into the neuro-humoral control of the circulation, mechanisms of angina, heart failure and cardiological issues in aviation safety. He is the author of a number of chapters in cardiological textbooks and wrote the International (ICAO) and European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) guidance chapters on cardiology in aviation. He has advised national and international airlines. He has lectured world-wide and advised governmental regulatory agencies on policy development. 

He is a pilot with nearly 1,000 hours in command with twin, night and instrument ratings. Both his sons are pilots. He was appointed OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours’ List for Services to the Aviation Industry and awarded the Buchanan Barbour award of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1987 for his contribution to aviation safety.