The man who wants to have Manchester all mapped out

Five years ago, Chris Pope was appointed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority to tackle a challenging task.

GMCA wanted to create an online resource for developers and planners to access information about all social and physical infrastructure across the Greater Manchester region, helping them understand the local area and spot opportunities for prospective developments.

As a spatial data analytics manager – “a fancy-pants way of saying I work with maps,” he says – Pope was in charge of building and developing the combined authority’s vision.

Now, MappingGM has evolved into