Cecil qualified as a Social Worker from the Ulster University Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, in 1978 with a BA (Hons) in Social Work.
He has worked during his career with the full range of client groups; older people, family and child care, mental health and disability services.
Cecil formerly held the post of Director of Children's Services/Executive Director of Social Work in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust from May 2009 until August 2012. His operational responsibilities included family and childcare services, child health, paediatric services, child and adolescent mental health services and childrens disability services.
Cecil currently is Director of Children's Community Services/Executive Director of Social Work in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust with a similar range of duties to his previous post.
He also sits on the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.
Cecil lives in Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland, and is married with three grown-up children and four grandchildren.