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25th May, 2018

How I got here - CEO Panel Discussion
by Naily Makangu on May 25, 2018 20:44


JCI Cambridge is delighted to be hosting a panel discussion with Cambridge-based CEOs.

This panel event is for anyone ambitious to start or develop their own careers without necessarily following a set path or trajectory to success. Our panellists are Cambridge business leaders from different walks of life whose experience span across multiple sectors and businesses.

They all have different stories to tell and will try to help us answer the question – is there really a career ladder?

Join us on 5th June from 6.30 pm at Cambridge Space, Cambridge University Rugby Club.

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Greg Law, CEO of Undo Software.

Bridging the gap between business and software, Greg has 20 years’ experience in academia and innovative start-up software companies. Started in his garden shed, Undo is a fast-growing tech start-up company, leading commercial supplier of reversible debugging tools for Linux and a pioneer in developing solutions that help software companies to better improve the quality of their products.

A coder at heart, Greg lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children and in his spare time, catches up on email.

Raoul-Gabriel Urma, CEO of Cambridge Spark.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and author of the bestselling programming book “Java 8 in Action”, Raoul-Gabriel is the CEO and co-founder of Cambridge Spark, a leading learning community for data scientists and developers in the UK.

Raoul has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and was nominated an Oracle Java Champion for his contributions to the community. He is also Chairman of Cambridge Coding Academy, a growing community of young coders and pre-university students.


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Anne Bailey, CEO and Co-Founder of Form the Future.

Form the Future is a social enterprise connecting local businesses with schools. This venture builds on from Anne’s experience running theEmployer Links programme for Cambridge Area Partnership as well as BT’s award-winning CSR education programme.

Anne was one of Cambridge News’ Most Influential People of 2017. She is strongly committed to social mobility and improving future outcomes for young people. She is a member of the Cambridge Ahead Education & Skills committee and an interviewer for Harvard University.

Faye Holland, CEO of Cofinitive.

With over 20 years of experience, Faye delivers impactful communications initiatives for transformational change and enhanced business performance across a wide range of industries. Cofinitive is a business consultancy specialising inmarketing communication and engagement.

One of Cambridge News’ Most Influential People of 2017, Faye dedicates her life to shape and support the community by developing future talents and mentoring start-ups at the CJBS. She is also the chair of the Cambridge Ahead’s Digital Connectivity Group and one of the first two women on the board of Cambridge Wireless.


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James Cotton, CEO of Onespacemedia.

A creative and digital entrepreneur, James was recognised by BIMA as one of 100 most influential people shaping Britain’s digital industry. Computer scientist by profession, James has spent his career working at the intersection of design and technology.

Co-founder of Onespacemedia, a Cambridge-based digital agency, and passionate advocate of the UK digital scene, James focuses on delivering measurable success for its clients allowing them to leverage cutting edge digital tools to compete on the global stage. He is also a mentor, guest lecturer and public speaker with an interest in fitness and amateur boxing.

Clare Viney, CEO of CRAC.

Passionate about professional development and career research, Clare is a strategic leader and Chartered Scientist with over 17 years' advocacy, policy and external affairs experience, and extensive experience in the science community and not-for-profit sector.

She is the co-founder and CEO of CRAC (the Careers Research and Advisory Centre),  a leading non-profit Career Development organisation with 50 years of innovations in connecting students and employers.


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Susan MacDonald, Founder & Director of MacDonald Lewis Associates.

This panellist unusual journey spans across the globe. A nursing graduate from Glasgow, Susan’s career transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry working for ethical and generic global life sciences companies.

Susan founded MLA, a boutique life sciences resourcing company in 2016 focused in supporting candidates and clients who are passionate about making a difference, embracing new technologies and putting patients at the centre of their endeavours
Click here to read more about her unusual journey:

Ciaron Dunne, CEO of Genie Ventures.

Ciaron Dunne is the co-founder and CEO of Genie Ventures, a fast-growing e-commerce technology company which owns and operates successful brands such as Broadband GenieOffice GenieGenie Shopping, as well as Genie Goals, its award-winning digital marketing agency.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Ciaron has 18 years’ experience in online marketing and digital technologies, and is a regular spokesperson and speaker on e-commerce, people development and business growth.

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 Blog » Training courses » NailyMakangu.jpg This event is chaired by Naily Makangu, former President of JCI Cambridge, with 7 years' experience working for Siemens as a software engineer then technical project manager. Currently Project Manager atFeaturespace, Naily is passionate about personal and professional development, technology and software, as well as non-for-profit community-led initiatives.

The event will take place in an inclusive and friendly atmosphere and you will have the opportunity to question and learn from the experience of successful local CEOs. 
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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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