Journey to Genomics: Matthew Howells

Matthew Howells
Deputy Directorate Manager
All Wales Medical Genomics Service

Matt has always been a sports fanatic; he graduated from U.W.I.C with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science followed by five years working for the Nutrition and Dietetic Service. He volunteers in the community as a football coach, which presented him with an opportunity to start his own business, opening doors into the business world and then into the world of Genomics.

What inspired you to pursue a role in the field of genomics?

Reading into the vision for Genomics in Wales provided me with the excitement to apply for this role to see if I can bring the skills I have developed in the private sector into the public sector to support this. Therefore the opportunity to look back in the years to come and say “I was part of that!”

What happens during a typical working day?

Every day is a School day for me, for 2 reasons, 1. The world of genomics is completely new to me and 2. We are part of a service that is always looking to develop and progress. Working in a standalone position providing business support to the whole service means every day brings new challenges.

What advice would you give to those interested in joining this field?

It is an exciting time, to not only come and be part of but also help shape the future for Genomics in Wales. There are roles for people with various job experiences and skill sets, with lots of opportunity to progress internally. Keep an eye out for the right opportunity for you.