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28th Nov, 2017

JCI Cambridge - Multi-Award Winning Organisation in 2017
by Naily Makangu on November 28, 2017 11:31


In the sumptuous Grand Harbour Hotel, over 170 guests turned up at the masquerade themed gala dinner and award ceremony that concluded the annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) UK National Convention. The event was held on Saturday the 25th of November 2017.  Despite wearing masks, we couldn't help but recognise JCI members, senators, supporters and friends from all over the world including JCI Malta, JCI USA, JCI Ireland, JCI Scotland, and our very own Nigel Adkins, former Southampton and Premier League football manager.

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After enjoying a delicious three-course meal, the masks finally came off and JCI Cambridge was in the spotlight.  JCI Cambridge was recognised for its versatility, strength, uniqueness, passion and strong leadership and we were delighted to receive the following awards:


  • "Best Local Community Empowerment Program" for the Deaf Awareness Program

  • "Best Local Growth & Development Program" for the Micro-volunteering Program

  • "Most Outstanding Leader" awarded to Naily Makangu (JCI Cambridge President)

  • "Best Trainer" awarded to Naily Makangu

  • "Most Outstanding New Member - Certificate of Merit" awarded to Niall Eastwood (JCI Cambridge Deputy President)


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"Words cannot express how proud I am of what we have achieved together at JCI Cambridge. Watching members develop and grow has been truly inspirational and gave me the strength to continue leading JCI Cambridge, working with the team to provide even more opportunities for growth. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to JCI members, senators, supporters and friends in Cambridge and elsewhere for everything you have done for us.

To those out there who feel stuck in their career, personal or professional lives or are unsure how to get to the next level, please do get in touch with us. Your problem becomes our problem. Together, we will support your personal and professional development journey whilst also making an impact in our community."

- Naily Makangu (JCI Cambridge President  and Most Oustanding Leader 2017)


The convention is now over. The curtains are coming down on 2017. Our spirits are high and we are excited about what 2018 has in store for you. This is only the beginning. Watch this space.


Follow this link for more information on what we did and why we won the awards: Multi-Award Winner in 2017 - What and Why


Please email to find out more about us, how you can get involved and how you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others.




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28th Nov, 2017

Multi-Award Winner in 2017 - What and Why
by Naily Makangu on November 28, 2017 09:45


As mentioned in our Press Release, JCI Cambridge won the following awards at the annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) UK National Convention that took place in Southampton on the 25th of November 2017:

  • "Best Local Community Empowerment Program" for the Deaf Awareness Program

  • "Best Local Growth & Development Program" for the Micro-volunteering Program

  • "Most Outstanding Leader" awarded to Naily Makangu (JCI Cambridge President)

  • "Best Trainer" awarded to Naily Makangu

  • "Most Outstanding New Member - Certificate of Merit" awarded to Niall Eastwood (JCI Cambridge Deputy President)


Here is more information on what we did and why we won the awards.


"Best Local Community Empowerment Program" - Deaf Awareness Program

This was an innovative program, unique in its kind in the history of JCI UK and earned JCI Cambridge the "Best Local Community Empowerment Program" award for 2017. The purpose of this program was to raise awareness of those who are hearing impaired. We organised a "Quiz with a Twist" during the UK wide Deaf Awareness Week with authentic rounds such as lip reading, charades, and a true or false awareness fact round. We also provided opportunities for inclusion and personal development to deaf professionals by having  British Sign Language interpreters at our "Building Confidence" training evening.

More than 60 people took part in and benefited from this program. Overall the program raised over £800 for local deaf charities. 


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"Best Local Growth & Development Program" - Micro-volunteering Program

Recognising the fact that time is often a barrier to volunteering, JCI Cambridge ran a Micro-volunteering Program to empower young professionals to take ownership of their careers, hone their skills and make an impact in their community by taking part in short assignments that fit with their busy schedules. Many people had an opportunity to develop leadership, team working and project management skills for the first time by running projects such as the Musical Bingo event, the Film Week and the Christmas and Awards Dinner. Others got out of their comfort zone and learned to negotiate deals to support projects, or volunteered their time and skills by designing logos, promotional materials, writing blogs, designing marketing campaigns and more.

The skills developed through volunteering with JCI are transferable to the workplace and many members have taken more prominent positions at work or successfully taken up new roles. This programme involved 90% of our members and various non-members who subsequently decided to join JCI Cambridge;  the program led to a 60% increase in our membership and to JCI Cambridge receiving the "Best Local Growth & Development Program" award for 2017.



Most Outstanding New Member Certificate of Merit - Niall Eastwood

This was awarded to Niall Eastwood who joined JCI Cambridge in January 2017. Since joining, Niall has taken a prominent role in helping shape the vision of JCI Cambridge, working closely with the President and being involved in numerous projects. Niall initiated and managed our successful "Business Books & Beers Club" and worked closely with local charities to organise a personal development workshop that was accessible to hearing and non-hearing individuals. Niall has developed his leadership skills and confidence throughout 2017 and is now ready to take the role of JCI Cambridge President in 2018. Blog » niallEastwood.jpg



Best Trainer and Most Outstanding Leader - Naily Makangu

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Naily Makangu's passion for training and encouraging her peers to develop their skills has won her the "Best Trainer" award for 2017. In addition to her duties as JCI Cambridge President, Naily was the lead trainer at the national leadership academy this year. Her constant energy, attention to detail,  sense of humour, management and organisational skills and her desire to create a memorable experience for delegates, were all appreciated by the delegates and the training team alike. Having already received the personal thanks of all 21 delegates who attended the academy, Naily is delighted to receive the “Best Trainer” award as further recognition of her commitment to helping her peers develop themselves.


Naily Makangu's contribution this year was further recognised as the "Most Outstanding Leader" in JCI UK in 2017. Naily is passionate about empowering her team, friends and her community. She has made a tremendous impact not only in JCI Cambridge, but also to members throughout the country. Naily is inspirational; she is a great leader, a mentor and a friend.  She has helped many members unlock their potential and encouraged them to believe in themselves. This has enabled her members to flourish and achieve what they once thought was out of their reach: organising large events,leading a team for the first time or putting themselves forward at public speaking competitions, to name but a few examples.

Naily's can-do attitude has seen the resurgence of JCI Cambridge over the course of 2017. Membership of the chamber has more than doubled, and our local profile in the press and the community increased as a result of Naily’s initiative and her support for causes such as "Deaf Awareness" and the "Peace is Possible" campaign. Naily has been an outstanding leader for JCI Cambridge, as evidenced by our receiving five awards at the National Convention; a fitting tribute to Naily and all her stellar work in 2017.


The convention is now over. The curtains are coming down on 2017. Our spirits are high and we are excited about what 2018 has in store for you.


"All members involved in those projects have experienced tremendous personal and professional growth, learnt skills that will help further their careers. If you would like to take on a similar journey in 2018, then please join this Multi-Award winning organisation. Your problem becomes our problem. Together, we will support your personal and professional development journey whilst also making an impact in our community." - Naily Makangu (JCI Cambridge President  and Most Oustanding Leader 2017)


Please email to find out more about us, how you can get involved and how you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others.



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10th Oct, 2017

Introducing Niall Eastwood – JCI Cambridge 2018 President
by Naily Makangu on October 10, 2017 22:25


Looking to the new year, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Niall Eastwood as JCI Cambridge 2018 President.


Niall moved to Cambridge from Northern Ireland in September 2016, and joined the Chamber in January 2017 in an effort to socialise and get out of his comfort zone. Since becoming a member, Niall has been actively involved in planning and running activities, putting himself forward  to showcase unprecedented events for the Chamber. Blog » niallEastwood.jpg


His active involvement has led to gaining worthwhile experience by managing projects, running our Business Books & Beers Club, creating valued partnerships within the community and more. Niall led one of our flagship community projects this year - British Sign Language Interpreted Training Workshop, aimed at an hearing and non-hearing audience.

Niall's enthusiasm and drive has also been fuelled by the many training events he attended across the country such as "Public Speaking Academy" and "Leadership In Action Programme (LEAP)".


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"I must say that I feel grateful to have stumbled across JCI and all it has to offer. The personal development opportunities as well as the friendships and social experiences are truly fantastic, you just need to put the effort in to make the most out of it! I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking to develop themselves and get involved in some exciting projects."

Niall Eastwood

Niall's appointment reflects the Chamber's vision for the future. It is safe to say that working closely with the current president, Naily Makangu, has prepared Niall for this leadership position, an exceptional opportunity to further grow and prosper the Chamber in the Cambridgeshire area.


"The JCI incubator project for 2018 is my idea for a project that will give members the best possible opportunity to develop the skills of a successful entrepreneur. From pitching to negotiating and managing a project to developing a product or service that can make a profit."

Niall Eastwood

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Interested in meeting Niall Eastwood, finding out the vision for 2018 as well as providing your input to shape your chamber, then please join us on the 19th of October 2017. Alternatively, please email

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14th Aug, 2017

JCI Cambridge 2017 Projects - What, Why and How to Get Involved
by Naily Makangu on August 14, 2017 17:07


It is an exciting time to be a member of Junior Chamber International Cambridge. As a member, you get the first seat in witnessing and sharing the excitement that comes with growing a chamber and opening doors to opportunities that lead to our own personal and professional growth.

At the last Books & Beers Club - "What got you here won't get you there", we talked about the importance of learning to share information as a necessary skill to "get you there". As President, I have not always been good at sharing what the team is doing or even good news about possible partnerships. As an attempt to remedy the situation, I would like to start sending out what I've called "The Members Corner" - a series of short emails devised to give you an insight into your organisation.


Many people have often wondered - "What is the JCI Cambridge team doing?". Here is an highlight of all the projects that we have run or are currently working on. In addition to that, we also have a dedicated team that looks at our monthly training workshops/seminars.

List of projects we are working on

Why people get involved in projects? There is a misconception that all we do is "put on events for the community". We go way beyond that.

Apart from the fact that we all love JCI Cambridge and want to see it flourish, working on projects give us an opportunity to really hone our skills: leading projects, leading without authority, motivating a team, public speaking, negotiating, delegation (Not as easy as it sounds like in text books), trying your hands on something new/different and more. Soft/interpersonal skills will be key to our career progression. We might as well start working on them now.

More importantly, it's also about creating networking and lasting friendships. Our planning meetings are informal, usually over drinks, pizzas, in a pub/park or even at a bbq.


Team brainstorming bbq

How do I get involved?
My question to you is "What do you want to learn? Why do you want to get involved? What skills do you want to develop?". Once you have an idea about what you want to get out of JCI Cambridge, email me and we will find you a suitable project that will stretch you whilst being supported by the entire team.

Please email if you have any questions or feedback.

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25th May, 2017

Cambridge, UK – 19 May 2017: The award-winning and thriving voluntary organisation Junior Chamber International (JCI) Cambridge, hosted a quiz night at The Blue Moon Pub in Cambridge yesterday to support Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA) and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.

Over 50 people took part in a quiz with a twist, designed to raise awareness of living with a hearing impairment. Through different rounds, participants were asked to answer questions, to lip-read and guess lines from film clips, to play charades and to decide whether some statements given were true or false.


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Frances Dewhurst, Director of Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, opened the event by giving an introduction about the charity. She then emphasised the importance of raising awareness and gave those who took part in the quiz night a brief glimpse of what life is like with a hearing impairment.


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“Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is incredibly grateful to JCI Cambridge for their fundraising support and for working towards ensuring that the wealth of opportunities they have to offer, including seminars, talks and networking events, can be enjoyed by those who are Deaf or hard of hearing” stated Amanda Morgan from Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.

JCI Cambridge managed to raise £230, these funds will be used to organise accessible events and workshops in collaboration with the CDA and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help.


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This was only the first of a few fundraising events that JCI Cambridge will be running this year. Naily Makangu, President of JCI Cambridge explained: “we are also organising a charity auction that will take place in June and have plans for a sign interpreted pantomime in October 2017”. In addition to that, Naily and other members of JCI Cambridge will be walking up Scafell Pike to raise money for CDA and Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. To donate please visit our official fundraising page: and to find out more about our upcoming events click here:



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About JCI Cambridge
Junior Chamber International Cambridge (JCI Cambridge) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support young professionals, between the age of 18 to 40, by providing them with a platform to develop themselves to further their careers. JCI Cambridge:

  • Provides learning opportunity through seminars, workshops and training events.
  • Empowers you to take control of your learning, personal and professional development.
  • Promotes a "learn by doing" philosophy.
  • Supports members wishing to attend training/residential courses within the UK or abroad by providing bursaries and more.
  • Helps you grow and strengthen your network.



About Cambridgeshire Deaf Association

Cambridgeshire Deaf Association (CDA) exists to support the welfare and interests of Deaf people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. CDA works mainly with the Deaf community or people for whom deafness or deafblindness is a significant consideration when communicating.


Cambridgeshire Hearing Help

Charity founded in 1978 by the late Mrs Dorothy Parry, a lip-reading teacher. Our objective is to relieve the need and help people with hearing loss or deafness in or near Cambridgeshire, to remove or reduce the limitations caused by those conditions to the ability to communicate and to enjoy life.

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17th Apr, 2017

Alessandra Marini attended her first ever JCI Cambrige workshop on the 16th of March 2017. In fact, this was the first time that Alessandra came across JCI as an organisation. We caught up with Alessandra after the event. This is what she had to her own words.


Review by Alessandra Marini

I was so enthusiastic when I found out that a personal development workshop was taking place in Cambridge that I immediately decided to sign up for the event.

When I arrived, I met Naily Makangu, the President of JCI Cambridge and she introduced me to very friendly people from different backgrounds and countries. While drinking a good glass of wine and eating snacks, they talked to me about JCI and all the activities that they regularly organise in a broad range of fields.

After half an hour of networking, Rich Wainwright, award winning Business Coach from ActionCOACH, started talking about how our small daily choices shape our life decisions and how they can bring us closer or pull us away from our dreams.

We have learned how to plan actions to achieve our goals, how much impact our attitude can have in our performance and in our career path and how to prioritise tasks when we feel overwhelmed. For every topic, Rich provided very tangible examples where I could recognise myself.

But the most important lesson I have learned at the Power of Personal Development Workshop is that the environment affects our actions, our behaviour and our results. This is why it is important to be surrounded by inspiring people, people like those I met that night.


After the workshop, we still wanted to talk about so many things, that we decided to go in a pub nearby and have a few drinks together.

Not only I have learned more about the power of personal development, but I also met great new friends.

Thanks JCI Cambridge!

Alessandra Marini

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6th Mar, 2013

Passport to JCI - New to JCI? Not sure what it’s all about and want to know more?

Our special member education event on 30 April from 18.30 at Eversheds (Kett House, 1 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JY) could be just what you’re looking for!

Members and non-members are invited to an evening of drinks and networking, where you can find out all about JCI Cambridge and the five categories of activities we have to offer: Business, Community, International, Social and Training. Additionally, everyone who attends will be put into a raffle to win a bottle of champagne!The event is totally free and if you manage to collect the five stamps on your ‘Passport to JCI’, you will be put through to a prize draw to win a luxury package: dinner for two at The Cambridge Brewhouse (worth £100) and a full body massage for two with Finn Jordan Cambridge Spa & Beauty.

To find out if you’re a winner, you must attend our business seminar with The Big Issue’s John Bird on 14 May. All the money raised from this event will be donated to JCI Cambridge’s charity of the year, Mind in Cambridgeshire.

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Places are limited, so please make sure you register early at

Free parking, food and drink!

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1st Feb, 2013

JCI Cambridge welcomes young award winning entrepreneur
by James Mitchell on February 1, 2013 16:25


Passionate businessman Jamie Dunn will be the first guest speaker of 2013 at JCI’s monthly business seminars on Tuesday 12 February.

Although only 20 years old, Jamie Dunn has achieved a huge amount in his short career. He joins the Cambridge chapter to talk about mentoring - a topic that is close to the chamber’s heart.

Jamie will be sharing his personal career journey that saw him start his first business at the tender age of 12. He applied to Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones’ National Enterprise Academy where he was chosen from thousands to be mentored by Peter and his team. He gained invaluable knowledge from the top business people in the UK and decided to share his experience with others upon graduating.

Jamie set up a course to help teenagers get into business and has helped over 800 people enhance their grades and career prospects.

Having expanded his business across 16 countries and been recognised as one of the Top Young Entrepreneurs in the World, Jamie will share his top tips on how to get the best from mentoring, both as a mentor and as a mentee.

Join Jamie on 12 February from 18.30 at Eversheds, 1 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2JY. Visit to register your place.

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16th Aug, 2011

A word from The President!
by James Mitchell on August 16, 2011 09:22


Jen Little, JCI Cambridge President, looks back on the year so far and the Chamber's future plans.

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JCI Cambridge has had an amazing year so far! Having only been re-established for a year we have gone from strength to strength;  having new members join each month, a strong committee of enthusiastic and very capable young professionals, a vibrant business and networking programme of events each month coupled with the opportunities of the wider JCI UK programme.

It is difficult to pinpoint one experience of life within JCI Cambridge this year. In our first training session of 2011 business guru Philip Morley explained ""Why it pays to be clear - communication with clarity". Philips' session covered the commercial advantage of clarity and how dangerous it is when clients, customers, colleagues and investors get the wrong end of the stick. 

February saw the amazing Marcus Orlovsky give a talk on "Packed to be in the right place, at the right time" - a truly inspirational speaker! I was amazed at the power and strength of conviction of the conversations in the pub after this event!  We have also covered topics such as "Massively Improve Your Results : The Secret of Success",  "Time Management", "Personality Profiling in the Workplace", "Emotional Intelligence" and "Negotiation Skills". 

We also hold our social networking events once a month and have had a full house on most months - so much so we have had to find a new venue!

We held our inaugural Business Skills day in April and were the hosts of the President and Deputies day. We had a great night out with both JCI UK members and visitors where we were able to showcase our beautiful city.

We also had a very enjoyable JCI Cambridge summer party which included punting, cocktail making and dancing.

In August we held a Wine Tasting in Conjunction with Cambridge Wine which was very successful with over 30 people attending. 

We also hold special interest groups to give  LinkedIn training and shortly will be including Twitter to this highly informative scheme.

I have thoroughly enjoyed attending both the JCI Presenter and Trainer courses - a must for anyone and being a trainer at the JCI UK Marketing Academy was great fun. We are also extremely proud that one of our committee members attended the European academy.

We have built some strong business relationships and have corporate partners in place who sponsor our events - a big thank you to Eversheds, Emerald Frog Marketing, WKH, Pure Resourcing Solutions, Works In Print, Cambridge Wine and Oxbridge Tours.


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26th May, 2011

JCI Cambridge nominated for European Award
by James Mitchell on May 26, 2011 14:42


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We were thrilled to hear the news our award submission for "Best Membership Recruitment" and "Best Marketing and PR" is being put forward for an award at the European Conference at the beginning of June in Catalonia.

Cambridge marketing consultants and JCI committee members, Emerald Frog Marketing have been regularly promoting the group through marketing and PR activities such as email campaigns, press releases, finding speakers and, most recently, writing the content and optimising the new JCI Cambridge website. Membership of the Cambridge Chamber in that time has grown from a handful of members to now around forty. This is thanks, not only to Emerald Frog Marketing, but also the hard work and dedication of all the JCI Cambridge committee members who work so hard to make JCI Cambridge a success.

Back in December, at the UK conference for JCI Chambers nationally, JCI Cambridge won the UK award for "Best Marketing and PR" and "Best Membership Recruitment" among others ( including "Best Leader" for JCI Cambridge President, Jen Little - so we are pretty chuffed with that!

We can but hope; but know we are up against some VERY strong competition internationally. But even so, to be European Award Nominated is a huge achievement!

Wish us luck!

The next seminar is on June 14th at 6:30pm at Eversheds, Kett House, Station Road, Cambridge - Kevin Bullock presenting "Leadership and Emotional Intelligence"



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