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20th Jun, 2017

Interested in taking your personal and professional development to the next level? Then look no further than JCI. In addition to various seminars, workshops, project work and networking opportunities, JCI Cambridge would like to invite you to go deeper and further by attending our excellent Academies.

JCI UK Training Academies

Our courses are designed to be interactive, engage and draw the best from each delegate, intensive yet fun. Over the weekend, delegates will have plenty of opportunities to create new networking relationships. Each academy allows members to learn and put into practice new skills in a safe and supportive environment.



  • We deliver high quality courses at an affordable cost to allow as many young professionals as possible to have the opportunity to develop themselves.
  • Accommodation is included in the price of each course. Please look at the academies for more details.
  • A number of bursaries are available to JCI Cambridge members. They will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Please email to find out more.


This is a great opportunity for you, a family member, friends, colleagues or anyone else you believe will benefit from those courses regardless of where they live in Cambridge or are JCI members. Therefore, please feel free to give them a helping hand by forwarding this email and sharing this information.

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Training Academy


This academy equips you with tools, the knowledge and the confidence to design and deliver training courses. Do you work in an environment where you need to run workshops, seminars or train others, then come and learn how to invigorate your sessions, make sure that your materials is designed in a way that will engage your listeners regardless of their learning styles.

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LEAP Academy

Leadership Excellence in Action Programme


Take an insight into yourself and others in order to become the best leader you can be. Learn the skills required to motivate, lead and grow a team. You do not need to be in a leadership position to be a leader. However, developing the necessary leadership skills will get you noticed and get you up the ladder faster than you think. You will also have the opportunity to take an optional Insights profiling evaluation as part of this course.

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Public Speaking Academy


Take your public speaking skills to the next level. Learn how to own a stage, write your own speech, use storytelling to communicate your message and add values and more. Use those skills to inject more life during your presentations or those vital status meetings.

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Marketing Academy


Whether you have a background in marketing or not, you will learn more about branding, marketing strategies and tools, social media and more. As is the theme with all our academies, you will have an opportunity to practice what you've learned throughout the weekend.

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29th Apr, 2017


Carlos Rojas Porciello attended the first ever JCI Cambrige Books & Beers Club on the 25th of April 2017. We discussed "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. We caught up with Carlos after the event. This is what he had to his own words.


Review by Carlos Rojas Porciello


I decided to join JCI Books & Beers club because, coming from an engineering environment with most friends "living" for technical stuff only, I've never had the chance before to just chat and comment about personal development books in such a relaxed but very well guided session.

On top of that, having Rich Wainwright leading and facilitating the discussion is a luxury difficult to find somewhere else.

Rich will always find a very clear and easy way to correlate the book content with basic life facts and how to convert the content of the book in actions on our daily activities, and not least important but always in a very relaxed, flexible and comfortable session.

At the end of the session we all committed to change one little thing in our daily activities aiming to reach our own personal goals, in writing! Is there a better way to take the learning from the book into your life? I don't think so. Even if you didn't read the book you won't feel left out.

I would definitely recommend the book club to anybody who wants to meet great, fun, like-minded people and also do something valuable for yourself while having a pint, or two. 


Carlos Rojas Porciello


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19th Apr, 2013

Member's Corner: Taxing times with Adam Fernandes of UHY WKH
by Laura Wing on April 19, 2013 09:12


JCI Member’s Corner with Adam Fernandes

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April Fools Day is long gone, and with it came the start of a new fiscal year. Are we going to open the door with a smile when the tax man comes knocking?!

April is probably one of the busiest times for accountants. Adam Fernandes from accountancy UHY WKH Partnership highlights issues and concerns regarding taxes and making the most out of your money.

Taxing Times

What’s fair when it comes to tax?

There is much debate in the national press and the broadcast media about tax avoidance and tax evasion, and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is always keen to trumpet its victories against avoiders and evaders. But are the headlines we see giving a true picture of the situation and are HMRC’s wins the exception rather than the rule?

Firstly, let’s consider the difference between tax evasion, which is outside of the law, and tax avoidance, which is within an interpretation of the law. Evasion covers those deliberate acts by taxpayers to understate profits or other taxable transactions by making false returns, or omitting to make returns at all, to HMRC. Such activity is a criminal offence, although HMRC does not prosecute all offenders, taking the pragmatic approach of collecting the cash, rather than making an example of wrong-doers.

Avoidance relies on differing interpretations of the law by HMRC and taxpayers, or, more usually, their advisors. The UK’s tax law is complex and so is open to debate as to what aspects actually mean or were intended to mean when passed by Parliament. Avoidance is usually an interpretation with which HMRC does not agree.

There are tensions within the tax system caused by the position that differing types of profits and gains are taxed at different rates. Is there any sense in an employee paying more in national insurance contributions than a self-employed person, when both could be carrying out similar work? Or somebody, who acquires a house, refurbishes it, then sells it, paying a different rate of tax from a landlord, who, having let a house for a few years, makes a gain when he sells it? Each taxpayer surely has the right within the constraints of the law to plan his affairs in such a way as to minimise his tax charge. If Parliament wanted to make a level playing field, it should start by eradicating the humps and lumps caused by the tax law that it makes.

So, is it fair that HMRC should set about confusing evasion with avoidance? Sure, HMRC would like a compliant taxpayer group, all paying tax at source on a frequent basis and it would prefer that all individuals were paid via PAYE, but that’s just for ease of administration, as most of the work in that set up is carried out by employers. It’s unacceptable for the better off in society to pay tax at a lower rate than the less well off, but is it right for the well off to pay at a much higher rate than those further down the earnings scale?

The high earners have more room for manoeuvre than low earners and the ability to pay for the services of those who are able to help them manoeuvre. With the motivation to pay less tax and the means by which to achieve this, it’s no surprise that many do this, legally, without resorting to evasion. As HMRC’s hands are tied by the laws made by Parliament and all of the time it is being urged on by politicians and the press to collect more tax, there is perhaps little surprise in its tactics of tarring with the same brush all efforts to pay other than the maximum amount of tax.

If you like to continue this debate or air your views on this matter, feel free to tweet me @AdamBFernandes. Alternatively if you’d like some ideas on how you could avoid paying the maximum amount of tax e-mail me on

Adam Fernandes

Twitter: @AdamBFernandes


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