JCI UK National Board

The JCI UK National Board team is made up of experienced members and is elected every year at JCI UK’s Annual General Meeting. Many have previously been Local Presidents or have served on the Boards of their local chambers.
The primary functions of the JCI UK National Board are to support local chambers, represent the membership, act as the link between the international and local levels of JCI, and put in place strategies to enable successful long term planning for the national organisation.  The National President formulates a Plan of Action for JCI UK for the year ahead which the wider National Board team implements to help achieve these primary functions.  Each National Board team member is responsible for their own area with the Plan of Action, ensuring that they support and add value to the activities and objectives of each Local President and the chambers they represent.
The National Board also ensures that JCI UK continues to hold high quality national events & projects through the year that inspire, challenge and develop its members.  These flagship events provide wonderful opportunities to bring members together to collaborate and share best practices, support each other with finding solutions to local challenges, meet old friends and make new ones, and also celebrate success whilst having plenty of fun doing so.
The National Board team actively travels around the country to work with and support JCI UK’s local chambers, participating in their events, provide training, and liaising with local members in order to update them on the strategic initiatives being put in place whilst also gaining important feedback and ideas that can be implemented in the future.



National President:

Ben Hawley

Ben Hawley
Ben is responsible for leading JCI UK in 2018 National Board team. He represents JCI UK nationally and internationally, supports the local Presidents in the UK and sets the national strategies and the plan of action for the year.

Deputy National President:

Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Mark's role will be to support the National President in the delivery of the JCI UK Plan of Action and to support the National Board team. He will also be working with local Deputy Presidents to develop a strong network, which will ensure continuity and a great start to 2018. Mark is also responsible for leading the Chamber Taskforce team which is responsible for helping struggling chambers. He will also help JCI UK grow via new chamber launches and re-starting dormant chambers.

Immediate Past President:

Michael Steel

Michael Steel
Michael is responsible for mentoring the National President and National Board team as well as making sure all our meeting run using good practice.

Administration Director:

Vicky Biggs

Vicky's role is to ensure that JCI UK runs as efficiently as possible. She will ensure there is a robust structure around documention and information management, whilst supporting local chambers in the adoption and sharing of standard practices to drive continuous improvement. All of this whilst also support the National President and National Board with the capture and circulation of important information.

International Director:

Lindsey McAteer

Lindsey's role is to put the 'International' in JCI for all our members. She will make sure that everyone has the information and support they need to make the most of the opportunities that JCI offers outside the UK.

Personal Development Director:

Cheryl Hill

Cheryl is responsible for the organisation of all things training related and will support the local Personal Development Directors in sourcing trainers and running courses. Cheryl will be heading up the organisation and delivery of our four national academies and growing the National Training Team.

Community Director:

Phoebe Benta

Phoebe is responsible for co-originating our national community events, from Pound-a-Day to ACE, Phoebe is the person you need to contact. As well as running the UK level events, Phoebe is always happy to offer advice and support to local chambers with their community based projects.

Marketing Director:

Celestine Onomo

Celestine heads up the marketing efforts for JCI UK, both to members and potential members. She heads up a team of National Officers who manage the different elements of the marketing activity we do.

Finance Director:

James Lambert

James Lambert
James makes sure the organisations books are in order and manages the budget as agreed by the members.

Membership Director:

Oris Ikomi

As a membership organisation, the national membership director is a key role. Working with existing members to make sure they are engaged with the organsation. He also works closely with Celestine and Mark to help bring in new members.

Opportunities on JCI UK National Board

Want to get more involved in JCI UK in 2018? If so there are still a couple of positions available on the 2018 team, please get in touch with 2018 President Ben Hawley for more details! Current positions include:
  • Videographer
  • Designer
  • Project Managers

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