Basil is South African by origin and grew up in Pretoria. He attained a Commerce Degree at the University of Stellenbosch and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 after completing his training with Ernst & Young. Basil gained a wide range of experience in the industrial and commercial sectors while employed by a multinational company.
Basil relocated to the Isle of Man in 1997 and joined Browne Craine & Co. He was appointed a director in 1998. Basil manages a wide portfolio of business clients and has a particular interest in niche technology and internet companies. Basil's particular strength lies in gaining an in-depth knowledge of his clients' business before transferring his commercial skills to them. On a number of occasions he has taken on the role of Non-executive Director for clients to advise their Board on financial and strategic matters.