Christine Chapman

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Christine Chapman
Christine Chapman.jpg
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Cynon Valley
In office
6 May 1999 – 6 April 2016
Preceded by New Assembly
Succeeded by Vikki Howells
Majority 6,515 (34.7%)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-07) 7 April 1956 (age 61)
Porth, Rhondda, Wales
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater Cardiff University
Occupation Trade Unionist
Website Welsh Labour

Christine Chapman (born 7 April 1956) is a Welsh Labour Co-operative politician who was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cynon Valley from 1999 to 2016.

She has not held senior government posts and has been described as "one of the quietest women AMs ... [whose] effectiveness lies in her quiet willingness to discuss".[1]


Chapman was born in Porth, Rhondda and educated at Porth County Girls' School. She then went to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and to South Bank Polytechnic where she obtained a Diploma in Careers Guidance. She earned a Master's degree in Economics at Cardiff University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Swansea.


She worked as a teacher, school careers adviser, and Compact Manager with Mid-Glamorgan Education Business Partnership. She was later co-ordinator for Torfaen Education Business Partnership and non-Executive Director of Mid-Glamorgan Careers Ltd. She obtained professional membership of the Institute of Careers Guidance.


Chapman served as a Labour Party member of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council representing Ynysybwl and Coed y Cwm. In the 1999 election, Chapman was elected as AM for Cynon Valley, withstanding a strong advance by Plaid Cymru.

She chaired the Objective One Programme Monitoring Committee from 2000 to 2004, finding the time to complete an M.Phil degree at Cardiff University in June 2001. In January 2005 Chapman was appointed as a Deputy Minister in the Welsh Assembly Government, responsible for Education and Lifelong Learning, and Finance, Local Government and Public Services.

She was Chair of the Assembly's Women and Democracy Group and Secretary of the Labour UNISON Group. She supported the "Children Are Unbeatable Alliance" which seeks prohibit all corporal or physical punishment of children.

Chapman stood down in 2016 and was succeeded at the 2016 Welsh Assembly elections by Vikki Howells.[2]


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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for Cynon Valley
Succeeded by
Vikki Howells
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Education & Lifelong Learning
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
John Griffiths
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy Minister for Finance, Local Government & Public Services
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
(post reorganised)