Roberta James is the Program Lead at the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), which is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. She has responsibility for the currency, quality, validity and timely development and dissemination of SIGN guidelines and has 19 years of experience producing evidence-based guidelines at SIGN. Her main interest is in presenting recommendations in ways that fit the needs of professional and public audiences. She also wants to explore reducing waste in resources, time and effort through automating steps in guideline development, reusing existing material and collaboration. Roberta is a trustee of the board of the Guidelines International Network (GIN) and a member of its Implementation and Collaboration working group. Roberta started her career as a research scientist after undergraduate and post graduate study at Edinburgh University and prior to joining SIGN spent 10 years as a research scientist at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, the Roslin Institute and the Cancer Research UK labs at the University of Edinburgh.