The Team

Dr Robert Haines

Research Lifecycle Programme Director

Robert is the Head of Research IT and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. 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 has worked in a wide range of domains for research projects of various types and sizes from small proof-of-concept investigations up to long-term multi-partner UKRI, EU and US NSF projects. He has collaborated with diverse organisations such as utility companies, national laboratories, start-ups and public bodies, as well as other universities. He also contributes to a number of open-source software communities. His favourite programming language is Ruby.

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. He teaches on two course units in the Department of Computer Science: ‘Software Engineering’ for second year undergraduate students and ‘Agile and Test-Driven Development’ in the taught postgraduate programme.



Dr Kamie Kitmitto

Kamie KitmittoProgramme Manager

Kamie is a geospatial expert interested in the creation, value addition and management of data big and small.

After finishing his PhD in Geomatics Engineering at UCL and a stint in industry, he moved to Manchester in 1991 to provide consultancy and training to the academic community on the use of geospatial technologies.

Kamie is interested in the creation and utilisation of Spatial Data Infrastructure and their part in supporting, research, visualisation and analysis.



The RLP Project Team

Anthony Allen (Business Change Manager)


Bryan Archer (Project Manager)


Bill Ayres (Research Data Management Lead)


(Business Change Manager)


(Business Change Manager)


Sarah Barton (Project Manager)

Malcolm Brown (Project Manager)


Dr Simon Hood (Project Manager)


Dr Gail Millin-Chalabi (Project Manager)

Gail Millin-Chalabi is currently seconded from her GIS and Remote Sensing Technical Specialist role as Project Manager for the Research Lifecycle Programme working on university wide projects such as:

Gail is also a Co-I Researcher of the 5-year NERC funded project Towards a UK fire danger rating system leading WP1: Fuel Mapping – landscape scale to local fuel structure. Her research interests are in the application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for burn scar detection, characterisation and recovery in UK moorland and heathland environments. Being an active researcher Gail directly uses the PURE system she is Project Managing using the Research Explorer functionality to disseminate her research and media outputs.

Link to Research Explorer profile:


Traceyanne Sinclair (Business Change Manager)


Dr Vivian Liang-Bradbury (Business Change Manager)


The RLP Interns

Matt Holder

Matt is an intern on a 12-month placement within the Research Lifecycle Programme team. He completed a master’s degree in political theory at The University of Manchester in October 2022.

He is currently helping to compile the RLP2 project portfolio and helps write copy and produce infographics for the programme.

Freya Zhang

Freya recently finished her master’s degree of Educational Leadership in The University of Manchester and working for the Research Lifecycle Program (RLP) currently. She currently focusing on the CRM system, Research Risk Profiler (RRP) and capability map projects. 

Get in touch

Contact the programme team