How I got here – CEO Panel Discussion

How I got here – CEO Panel Discussion

May 25, 2018 8:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
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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