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Staff Profile

Suki Matharu

Sikh Faith Adviser

Suki Matharu

I was born and brought in Leicester. My Sikhism was instilled in me by my parents who were very active within the Sikh Community. I studied in Leicester and obtained a first degree in Chemistry and Law followed by Pharmacy. As a qualified Pharmacist I was both a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Pharmacy at DeMontfort University (Leicester) and part-time Community pharmacist.Living in a multicultural city and within close proximity to four Gurdwaras (Sikh House of God, place of worship) I took my faith granted and let others champion it.

I moved to York in 2006 continuing my role as Pharmacist but now with Asda Monks Cross. Leicester to York was a huge transition in my life – moving from a multicultural city. There was no and there is still no Gurdwara in York so from taking my faith for granted I had to champion it. I soon found myself being more immersed in faith matters, often being invited to schools in York to talk about Sikhism to students of all ages.

In 2013 I became Sikh Faith Advisor at York St John University. A position which I thoroughly enjoy because of my interaction with the university, students, staff and the local community from all faiths, not just Sikhism. In 2016, I became a fully qualified NHS Sikh Chaplain and I now offer my voluntary services in the Chaplain’s office at York District Hospital from typing minutes to holding Sikh Prayers. I work actively with York Interfaith Group to promote community cohesion, tolerance respect and understanding.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more about Sikhism or just to have a friendly chat.