Dr Williams graduated in medicine from Queen’s University of Belfast in 1998. He was awarded a First Class Honours BMedSci in 1996 following an intercalated year studying pharmacology and engaged in research on an in vitro model of diabetic retinopathy. He pursued his interest in Ophthalmology, obtaining MRCOphth, before taking time out of clinical training to conduct full time research on drusen and AMD-associated genes in Alzheimers disease, work which led to the award of an MD. He spent two years in medical clinical rotations, including neurology and rheumatology, before returning to clinical ophthalmology and obtaining a post as Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Queen’s University of Belfast’s Centre for Medical Education, and the Belfast Heath and Social Care Trust. He is enjoying contributing to clinical work, to medical education and to research.