NAZ is a BAME-led sexual health agency working to address sexual health inequalities in BAME communities. We have 29 years of experience working across London to provide culturally specific interventions to BAME communities disproportionately impacted by poor sexual, reproductive and HIV outcomes. We have a national reach through our events and programmes. 

We believe the inequality in BAME sexual health must be scrutinised under a wider lens: factors such as housing, long term health conditions, education, employment, representation and leadership contribute to local as well as national health outcomes. Race is a significant factor in sexual health inequalities and having those most impacted driving the thinking, strategy, research and leadership as well as the operations, is key to achieving a step-change in sexual health outcomes long-term, for minority communities.

We host events for key stakeholders and opinion leaders to provide insight into the lived experiences of our service users using the information we have gained from our programmatic work, to guide thinking and inform decision making.


NAZ was formed in the early 1990s by the late HIV and gay rights activist Shivananda Khan in the memory of Nazir. Nazir was a Pakistani Muslim, married with two children. He was also a closeted gay man who had AIDS. When his status became public, he was rejected by his mosque, ostracised by his community and found no social support that understood that he had more than one identity. 

NAZ was set up in his memory and is one of the largest sexual health charities in London, initiated and led by ethnic minority staff. It is also one of the longest established charities of this type and focuses predominantly on sexual health improvement and HIV support services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Unfortunately, the issues that Nazir experienced still remain alive today and so NAZ offers the most relevant response to this dilemma. NAZ exists in order to provide a range of sexual health services and programmes, specifically for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.


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Research and Policy Officer


Finance Manager

The NAZ board, leadership, staff and volunteers come from the communities we want to influence; we work at the intersection of cultures, sexualities and beliefs to ensure that minority communities have the information, support and services they need to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual health.

Our Trustees

NAZ is a registered charity (no. 1014056). The Board of Trustees is responsible for the management and strategic direction of NAZ.The Board meets at least five times a year. All Trustees are non-executive and none of them receives remuneration from NAZ. Our Declaration of Trust empowers the Trustees to take such steps as are necessary to achieve our objectives and make the appropriate arrangements for the sound management of the organisation and activities.

Uday founded and manages the highly regarded and award winning social enterprise Red Ochre specialising in consultancy and training for the social economy and ethical business sectors across the UK and increasingly abroad. Uday has started and managed a successful charity and two social enterprises as well as a number of commercial enterprises. 

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Professor Mark Nelson is a consultant physician at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Professor Nelson sits on the Executive Committee of the British HIV Association where he is co-chair of the guidelines committee for opportunistic infections and for hepatitis C.

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Harry is a Chartered Accountant working at GSK.He completed the GSK Finance Future Leaders programme, and has since gained experience in Corporate Development and currently works in Investor Relations.
Prior to pursuing a career in Finance, he studied Computer Science and has experience as a Software Engineer

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Tina St Leger is global Head of HR at ViiV. Tina joined ViiV Healthcare from GSK, where she was HR Business Leader for UK Pharmaceuticals. She led in implementing a new business model and embedding a culture of continual process improvement. She previously worked for the UK retailer Marks and Spencer in finance, leadership and change management roles.

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MEdical Board

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Hamish Mohammed

Dr Hamish Mohammed is currently a Principal STI Surveillance Scientist at Public Health England. His team manages the national surveillance system for STIs in England, and he is the Chair of the Steering Group for a pilot of enhanced surveillance for behavioural and partner notification outcomes at sexual health clinics.

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Rageshri Dhairyawan

Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan is a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust and has worked in sexual health in East London for more than 5 years. She has a specialist interest in working with minoritised ethnic communities and in outreach testing. She is also currently Chair of the BASHH Sexual Violence Group.

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Dr Vanessa Apea is a Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of London and a Fulbright Scholar, as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and founder of the Standard Health Group, which works in the UK and Ghana.

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Danielle Solomon is a Specialist Registrar in Public Health and a Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow at the Institute for Global Health, University College London (UCL). Her current research focuses on unmet need within sexual & reproductive health. Danielle previously practiced as a sexual health & HIV physician at the Mortimer Market Centre in central London.

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Jaime Vera is a Professor in HIV Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He obtained his medical degree from the Columbian School of Medicine followed by training in general internal medicine in London. In 2008, he was granted a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship in HIV Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital.