Cecil was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1978 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979.
Registered Migration Agent: #0004497
Member Migration Institute of Australia: #1058
Cecil has spent many years in the investment and real estate industries, as well as in local government in South Africa. He gained extensive experience in commercial and industrial property, working with leading property developers and institutions.
Cecil was an elected member of the Johannesburg City Council from 1982 to 1994 representing the Democratic Alliance Party and its predecessors. From 1990 to 1994, Cecil was a member of the Council’s management committee, chairing the culture and recreation committee as a well as a number of other committees. He was a member of the Council of Wits University from 1990 to 1994 as well as a member of the University Council’s executive committee. He also held numerous senior positions within the Democratic Alliance Party’s national and regional structures.
Cecil migrated to Australia in 1998 and joined Hitchcock & Associates in July 2000 as a partner in the business. He was appointed to the role of Managing Director in September 2002.
His professional and business background enables him to specialise in business skills migration to Australia. He writes Business Skills training material for the Migration Institute of Australia and is a sought after speaker at professional conferences dealing with business migration.
Cecil is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the area of Significant Investor visas and has successfully completed many of these complex applications on behalf of high net worth clients.
Cecil is also acknowledged as a leading professional in the area of Resident Return visas, Distinguished Talent visas and in dealing with complex character issues.
Cecil is a member of the Migration Advice Industry Advisory Group, providing strategic advise for the Government, including on potential reforms to the legislative framework governing the industry.
Cecil is a member of the Executive Committee of the New South Wales Branch of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).
Cecil’s interest ranges from music to sport and the arts as well as taking a keen interest in international affairs.