HIV Scotland are proud to have appointed Umair Tahir as Programmes Lead, a new role that will deliver successful programmes to improve the wellbeing of people living with and affected by HIV – including HIV Scotland: Wellbeing, HIV Self Test Scotland and Fast-Track Cities.

Umais brings with him over 7-years of experience in private and voluntary sector organisations. Most recently he has just completed his Masters, in which he analysed the implementation of Scotland’s policy on LGBTQI inclusive education in schools, using the participatory governance approach. Prior to arriving in Scotland, he held the role of Programme Manager of the HIV Service at Dareech Health Society in Pakistan, in partnership with United Nation's Development Programme and Save the Children. He was responsible for managing a project with a $1million budget, leading on programmes that included clinical, support and counselling services. He brings experience of government influencing, developing training resources and managing senior partnerships with international bodies.  

Umais currently lives in Glasgow and enjoys reading, glass painting and travelling. 

Umais said: "My passion for human rights and it's principle of non discrimination inspired me to work in the development sector. My work experience with the LGBTQI community in Pakistan taught me the importance of empowering vulnerable groups to fight stigma and discrimination and how to work through community based solutions for awareness raising on the prevention of HIV. Eliminating inequality from the society and fighting for the well-being of people living with HIV is and continues to be my passion - and I am looking forward to this new challenge."

HIV Scotland's Chief Executive, Nathan Sparling said: "It is great to welcome Umais to the team. The experience that he brings will strengthen our programmes and bring a new perspective to our work. I am delighted that he will be leading on some of our most exciting work such as HIV Self Test Scotland, in partnership with Waverley Care, Fast-Track Cities and our new Wellbeing services. 

"We are committed to our vision of zero new HIV transmissions, zero HIV-related deaths, zero HIV-related stigma and 100% quality of life for people living with HIV, and I'm delighted that Umais has joined us on this mission."