James is a Chartered Accountant with experience in external audits, learning and development, compliance management services, data & analytics, and start-ups. James has worked in South Africa, the USA, and Ireland. He has managed a portfolio of audit clients in the consumer and industrial markets, with revenues of over €150million.
During his time in Ireland, James managed a portfolio of audit clients, he was the lead for the data amd analytics practice where he focused on leveraging technology to improve efficiencies in audits and he was also the lead for Global Compliance Management Services, where he focused on financial statement preparation and accounting advisory for a portfolio of clients.
James has co-founded two start-ups. One of them focused on leveraging blockchain and smart contracts to provide students with access to a variety of financing options throughout their journey as students. He was also part of a start-up incubator in Madrid, where they reached the semi-final stages in a start-up competition.
James is also passionate about learning and development. He has delivered audit training in South Africa, Malawi, and Mozambique. He also had an opportunity to work at KPMG Business School in the United States, where he used his audit and L&D experience to develop training programs for KPMG.
James also holds an MBA with a focus on Strategy and Finance from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He served as the President of the IE Africa Club. The club was awarded as the best geographic club under his leadership and he was recognised for outstanding performance as President