The series aims to share information and support our members in addressing much-needed change to the financial services sector, creating more diverse and vibrant cultures and challenging bias and unhealthy behaviours.

In the first of UK Finance’s three webinars dedicated to social mobility, we heard from industry leaders sharing their personal stories and experiences and talking about the value and importance of allyship and mentoring. The best way to gain insights, recruit and develop talented people with direct, lived experiences across the advantage spectrum is to be able to ‘to see it, to be it’

The next edition of the series will explore, challenge, and celebrate the many aspects of diversity & inclusion through the power of personal stories and tackle some of the issues holding back social mobility.

Tune in to hear more personal stories from industry experts, updates from the Social Mobility Taskforce, working to change mindsets, and the effect of 'levelling up' within organisations.

 

Laura Yeates

Laura Yeates

Head of Graduate Talent , Clifford Chance

Laura Yeates is Head of Graduate Talent at the global law firm, Clifford Chance.  In her most recent role she oversees the graduate recruitment and de...

Laura Yeates is Head of Graduate Talent at the global law firm, Clifford Chance.  In her most recent role she oversees the graduate recruitment and development teams, both of which have won awards for ground-breaking initiatives focused on improving access to the legal profession, innovation in the sector and tackling the stigma of mental health and sexual harassment in the workplace. She is also Co-Chair of the London Inclusion Committee.

In 2020 she founded the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance and is currently Chair of the Alliance steering group.

With over fifteen years graduate recruitment experience and five years HR experience, she is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Trustee of the Bridge Group, an Opinion Leader for People in Law, Steering Committee member of GROW mentoring and a member of the National Student Pride Advisory Board.

She is also a former Board Director of the Institute of Student Employers and member of the Advisory Board of The Apples & Pears Foundation.

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Julie Carruthers

Julie Carruthers

Managing Director, UK Finance

Julie joined UK Finance in March 2020 as Managing Director, Major Projects. Reporting to the CEO as part of the Executive leadership team she is respo...

Julie joined UK Finance in March 2020 as Managing Director, Major Projects. Reporting to the CEO as part of the Executive leadership team she is responsible for leading the delivery and execution of mission critical, high profile, large scale industry projects.

Prior to UK Finance, Julie was Global Head of Operations and Chief of Staff at TP Icap. Spanning a 30 year career, Julie has held a number of senior roles delivering and implementing large scale strategic projects and organisational transformation programmes across operations and technology. Julie spent the earlier part of her career in roles at Deutsche Bank, Nikko Europe and UBS. Julie is also a Trustee of Leadership through Sport and Business and Futures for Kids.   

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Paramjit Matharu

Paramjit Matharu

Head of Tax EMEA, Global Head Indirect Tax, JP Morgan

Paramjit is a Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase Bank and is the Global Head for Indirect Tax as well as Head of Tax for the EMEA region. She is mar...

Paramjit is a Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase Bank and is the Global Head for Indirect Tax as well as Head of Tax for the EMEA region. She is married with three grown up 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 joining JP Morgan in 1996.  At JP Morgan Paramjit started her career as the U.K. Head for VAT going on to lead at European level and then globally for broader indirect tax matters. She was promoted to Managing Director in 2005. She became the Head of Tax in EMEA in 2020. Apart from the technical advisory aspects she has been at the forefront in creating in house technology solutions with JPM technology teams.

She was the chair of the VAT working group at UK Finance (previously British Bankers Assn) between 2012 -2020; she also represented the FS industry in indirect tax matters for Europe at the European Banking Federation.

From 2012 to 2016 Paramjit was an Executive Member of the Sikh Council UK, and chaired the European and International Affairs sub-committee volunteering to work on projects linked to inter and intra faith education, campaigning for Sikh human rights within the EU and representing the Sikh Community on various platforms. She was chair of the Sikh Assembly from 2019-2021.

She is a member of the JP Morgan Women on the Move as well as Aspire and BAME forums.

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Harold Brako

Harold Brako

Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

Harold Brako is a Finance Litigation and Disputes Partner at Addleshaw Godard, with particular expertise in banking, asset based lending and receivabl...

Harold Brako is a Finance Litigation and Disputes Partner at Addleshaw Godard, with particular expertise in banking, asset based lending and receivables financing disputes, both cross border and domestic.  He provides advice to the major UK clearing banks, challenger banks, international banks and a wide range of finance sector clients (which include Private Equity and other independent funders).  Harold heads-up Addleshaw Goddard's Manchester office (having also previously founded and led the Manchester office of Shoosmiths).  

As an experienced litigator, Harold provides advice on and acts in relation to all aspects of dispute resolution, including claims for and against lenders, fraud claims and asset recovery involving urgent worldwide injunctive processes, contractual / commercial disputes, reviews and enforcement of security and insolvency proceedings.  Harold is consistently recognised as a leading lawyer given his client base, depth of knowledge, experience and peer recognition.

Harold is a member of Addleshaw Goddard's Africa Business Group and regularly visits and acts for Addleshaw Goddard's clients in Africa and the Middle East.

Harold is also the ethnicity lead on the firm's inclusion and diversity programme which focuses on attraction, recruitment and engagement in all AG's inclusion and diversity strands. Harold was shortlisted for the Diversity Champion Award at the UK Diversity Legal Awards in September 2019 and mentors aspiring ethnic lawyers both internally and externally.

Harold has also been included in the North West Business Insider "Leading from the Front" list of leading lights in the North West professional services community.  The list includes the most distinguished leaders in law, debt finance, banking and corporate finance.

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