Chris is the research lead for both digital policy and information strategy at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The role covers a wide spectrum of digital, data, and information governance work, from digital inclusion analysis to open data to engaging the public around automated decision making.
His 15 year career in public sector research and analysis has included stints developing and delivering projects in work and skills, planning and housing, health and wellbeing, information policy, business and economy, land and property, and public sector finances. Though his background is in economics, he has come to love mapping and geospatial work. For the past seven years he has led and managed the website MappingGM – the home of geospatial data in Greater Manchester, hosting over 400 datasets and more than 30 maps. More recently, he has led the development of the ESPRESSO tool, showing tax and public sector expenditure at the local authority area level; and the Digital Exclusion Risk Index, highlighting the likelihood of digital exclusion at a hyperlocal level across Great Britain.
Currently, he is leading on the city-region’s approach to managing, sharing and using data, and is working with central government on devolution trailblazer proposals around information governance and access.