Christine Chapman was a Member of the National Assembly for
Wales between May 1999 and April 2016. This was her biography at the time she
Christine Chapman was born in Porth, Rhondda. She holds a BA (Hons) in
History and Classical Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an
MScEcon and MPhil from Cardiff University. She also holds a diploma in Careers
Guidance from South Bank Polytechnic.
Christine’s professional career has been in the field of education. She has worked for the careers service and
for two education business partnerships, and has worked as both a youth worker
and a secondary school teacher.
A strong advocate
of lifelong learning, Christine is particularly interested in economic
development, equal opportunities, community regeneration and women's history.
Christine was first elected to the Assembly
in 1999. Her previous roles have included chairing the Objective One Programme
Monitoring Committee, being Deputy Minister for Education and Lifelong
Learning, and Finance, Local Government and Public Services, and Chair of the
Petitions Committee. Christine also represents the Welsh Assembly on the
Committee of the Regions, and is Chair of the Assembly's Women and Democracy
Prior to her election as Labour Assembly Member for
Cynon Valley, Christine was a councillor on Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough
Christine is secretary
of the Labour UNISON Group and a member of the Co-operative Party. She is also
a supporter of the “Children Are Unbeatable Alliance” (CAU) Campaign.