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Cecil Abrahams

BTech Accounting (Cape Technikon), Advanced Diploma Management Accounting (CIMA)
Managing Director (Academy)

Born and bred in Cape Town, Cecil started his career in 1988 as an accounting clerk at the House of Representatives. Shortly thereafter he started studying part-time completing first his National Diploma and then his BTech Degree in Cost and Management Accounting. He further obtained the Advanced Diploma: Management Accounting through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is currently studying towards his professional certification in management accounting through CIMA.

In 1996 he was appointed as one of the first management accountants at Groote Schuur Hospital. In 1999 he left the civil service to take up a position in the private sector where he worked as a consultant implementing Accpac accounting software.

In mid 2000 he joined Netcare Private Hospital Group as an accountant and was stationed at the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. One of his functions was to implement cost accounting and improve the management reporting at the hospital. He was also responsible for the accounting system in the Cape region. In October 2002 he was promoted to financial manager and transferred to Southern Cross Hospital. He served on a team that de-commissioned this hospital in 2004 and was thereafter appointed financial manager at Kuils River Hospital.

In 2007 he joined Northlink College as chief financial officer. Cecil was instrumental in redefining the business model of Northlink College which resulted in the doubling of student numbers and an increase in annual income from R66m at the time of his appointment to R300m at the end of his contract in December 2014. During his tenure he managed to implement and improve various systems, policies and procedures as well as implementing various cost saving initiatives. He also assisted in establishing the College Audit Committee and initiated the creation of a risk register for the College. He was a member of the executive management and served on the College Finance, Audit and Bursary Committees. Cecil was also a member of a task team that investigated and advised the Minister of Higher Education and Training on future funding models for FET Colleges. In addition he was a member of the FET Business Management System (FETBMS) negotiating team that negotiated improvements and licensing fees on behalf of the national FET subscribers of the Integrated Tertiary Software system (ITS).

He was also actively involved in discussion forums with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) regarding bursaries and has also made various suggestions to improve the administration of bursaries for the FET sector.

Cecil is also a registered accountant and is affiliated to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) as well as The South African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA).

Languages: English, Afrikaans