Paramjit Kaur Matharu is a Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase Bank and is the Head of Tax for the European, Middle Eastern, and African region as well as being the Global Head for Indirect Taxes for the firm. She is married with three sons. Paramjit was educated in Kenya and emigrated to the UK in 1980, starting a career with HM Revenue and Customs, moving on to Price Waterhouse for 9 years before taking her current role in the industry. At JP Morgan Paramjit started her career as the U.K. head for VAT going on to lead at the European level and then globally for broader indirect tax matters. Apart from the technical advisory aspects, she has been at the forefront in creating in house technology solutions with technology partners for her areas of tax specialty.
She has been the Chair of the VAT working group at UK Finance for the last 8 years (previously British Bankers Assn); represents the FS industry in indirect tax matters for Europe at the European Banking Federation and is a participant in the OECD in matters related to consumption taxes through her trade body roles.
From 2011 to 2013 Paramjit was an Executive Member of the Sikh Council UK and chaired the European and International Affairs subcommittee, volunteering to work on projects linked to interfaith education, campaigning for Sikh human rights within the EU, and representing the Sikh Community on various platforms. She led the Sikh lobby at the EU Commission and 4 EU countries to obtain successful EU regulatory change for security screenings at airports to address violations within the EU connected to Dastaar screening post 9/11.
She is the CEO of Sikh Assembly, a newly founded Sikh organization looking to grow the profile of Sikhs in the U.K. through welfare associated programs.
She is a member of the JP Morgan Women on the Move as well as Aspire and BAME forums. She is a keen supporter of Sikh forums in the professional accountancy and law firms and has been a keynote speaker at global events in the U.K. and internationally on diversity, Sikh role models, and Sikh ethics.