Robert Haines is Head of Research Software Engineering in Research IT, and an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK. He is one of the originators of the term “Research Software Engineer”, has served for six years as an elected representative of the UK RSE Association, chaired the First Conference of Research Software Engineers in 2016, and is a founding trustee of the Society of Research Software Engineering. Robert founded and has lead the Research Software and Data Science group at The University of Manchester since 2014. The group aims to enhance the University’s capacity to produce high quality scientific software by collaborating with researchers to create correct, efficient, readable, reliable and sustainable code. Robert’s research interests include software engineering, software sustainability, software use in open and reproducible research, software citation and credit, and career paths for software engineers and data scientists.