Chris is formerly the President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and, prior to that, a Member of the Welsh Assembly from 1999 – 2001. She was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Wales on Economics, Transport and the Environment. Chris was also a Liberal Democrat councillor on Colwyn Bay Borough Council.
Previously, Chris was an English teacher, and was Head of Vocation in a Welsh Medium School. She is a Welsh speaker.
Chris was appointed to the House of Lords in September 2013.