Valentine Cecil

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Lord Valentine William Cecil is a British businessman.

Cecil is the fourth son of the Sixth Marquess of Salisbury, and is a member of a British aristocratic family with long-standing African connections.[1]

Cecil served as a major in the British Armed Forces, working in NATO and Ministry of Defence roles regarding Europe and Africa. He retired with the rank of Major in 1992.[2] According to diary columnist Nigel Dempster, Cecil was "Known as 'Lord Rubber' for the amount of rubber bullets he requisitioned when he was serving in Northern Ireland."[3]

Cecil subsequently purchased Kenyan company Wilken Telecommunications Limited and acquired a stake in Tracker Security Group, a firm with operations in Kenya and Uganda. Wilken later spun-off AfSat Communications Limited, which was sold to MWeb Africa Limited in late 2007.[4]

In 1996, Cecil spoke against re re-election of MP Sir Nicholas Scott at a Conservative meeting in Kensington and Chelsea, according to the Spectator:

A speaker who identified himself as Lord Valentine Cecil, which he pronounced `Sissel', added that he was the brother of Lord Cranborne, leader of the Lords, and therefor knew about loyalty. `But', Lord Valentine, an expensively suited ex-Guards officer who always wears a white carnation in his buttonhole, continued, `there are times to consider loyalty to the association. How can you form a working relationship with your executive committee when it has already rejected you?'[5]




  1. Our Team, Brookwood Capital Corporation, 11 April 2010.
  2. Our Team, Brookwood Capital Corporation, 11 April 2010.
  3. Nigel Dempster, Cecil shows off valentine, Daily Mail, 21 May 2002.
  4. Our Team, Brookwood Capital Corporation, 11 April 2010.
  5. Anne McElvoy, Nothing political, Sir Nicholas, Spectator, 7 December 1996.