|Working experience and occupation :
Mr Augustine James, completed his primary and secondary school education at Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. He completed his upper six at the Kajang High School in 1976 and was nominated best student for the year. He was also the Head prefect in 1976. Whilst at school, he was active in sports particularly athletics, soccer, and badminton.
Mr Augustine James was articled with the firm of Messrs. Goonting & Chew, Public Accountants (M) based in Kuala Lumpur in mid 1977. Whilst being articled, he sat for the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants exams. Messrs Goonting & Chew, was then a medium sized audit firm with three branches and managed by the late Mr. Dennis Gilbert Goonting and the late Mr. Chew Chong Peng, who left Messrs. Coopers & Lybrand, to form Messrs. Goonting & Chew.
In 1983, he joined Messrs Aljeffri & Co. Chartered Accountants (M) also based in Kuala Lumpur. Messrs Aljeffri & Co, also a medium sized audit firm with six branches. He was later appointed a salaried partner of the firm. He was put in charge of the Insolvency division and managed the division for six years. He was also put in charge of the branches. One of the major tasks undertaken was to manage and supervise on behalf of the court appointed receiver, the operations of Lori Malaysia Berhad., which had more than two hundred prime movers and trailers for more than four years. In addition he was appointed the Receiver’s Authorised Representative to undertake receivership assignments initiated by various financial institutions. He left Messrs Aljeffri & Co. on his own accord in early 1995 to manage his own firm styled under Messrs James & Co.
Presently, Mr Augustine James is the named liquidator (appointed by court) in more than 10 Companies mostly involved in property development and property holding mostly in the Klang valley. He has a team of more than 8 persons dealing full time on the property matters of these clients.
Messrs. James & Co. Chartered accountants (M), has been in existence since early 1995. As the Managing partner of the firm he brings together 35 years of exposure in varied professional services rendered in the public practice. He has been exposed to a wide range of professional services including auditing, accounting, secretarial, taxation, receivership, Business Finance, Business Consultancy etc.
Mr Augustine James has also the relevant experience in conducting audits of municipalities and town councils under the direct supervision of the Auditor General.
His clients’ activities include Manufacturing, trading, plantations, property development, investment holding, software development, tours and travel, publishers, stock broking, newspapers publishing, advocates & solicitors, trade associations, etc.
In early October 2010, he was appointed an independent director of Asia Silk Holdings Ltd, a public listed Company incorporated in Singapore whose activities are in the production and manufacture of silk and related products in China. During the tenure as Director, he was a member and also chaired the nominating, remuneration and audit committees of the Company. He resigned on 30th April 2012 following a reverse takeover by Chaswood Group of Companies.