Joan is a highly regarded migration professional and has practiced, exclusively, in migration law since 2009. She is responsible for leading most complex client matters including Employer and regional sponsored visas, independent points-based visas, business skills migration, family or partner visas. Joan also has primary responsibility for many of the firm’s corporate clients and for mentoring staff and trainees.

Joan was born in South Africa, and qualified as an attorney in 1994. She has practiced widely as an attorney, initially as an Employment lawyer for a tier 1-law firm, later as a lecturer in labour law and more recently (from 1999) as an Aviation law specialist and legal counsel for both British Airways (Comair) and South African Airways. Joan was one, of only three, South African representatives attending the Montreal Convention – which amended important provisions of the Warsaw regime concerning compensation for the victims of air disasters and which established uniformity and predictability of rules relating to international air carriage.

Joan’s own family immigrated to Australia in 2007 and she became an Australian citizen in 2010. She is passionate about the law, language and travel, although not necessarily in that order! and her best evenings are spent with family at the theatre.

Joan’s formal qualifications are:

  • 2012: Graduate Certificate in Business, University of Southern Queensland (incorporating Priestley-11 conversion subjects: LAW3201, LAW3206, LAW3205, LAW3211, LAW3204)
  • 2009: Year of first registration with MARA
  • 2008: Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice, Griffith University
  • 2001: Diploma in Air Law, IATA Switzerland
  • 1994: Admission as attorney to the High Court of South Africa, Witwatersrand Local Division
  • 1990: B.A. (Hons) Labour Law, University of Johannesburg
  • 1985: B.Proc, University of Johannesburg

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TREVOR CUSS - Director - MARN 1573404

Trevor’s business migration skills are drawn from a diverse business background, including multiple roles as public officer, director and/or Treasurer at, amongst others, Grant Thornton Brisbane, Australia’s second crowd-funding platform (www.ipledg.com) and two not-for-profits.

Born in Johannesburg, Trevor qualified as a chartered accountant, and then held senior roles in two of the country’s largest domestic investment banks. Much of Trevor’s career since the early 90’s has focused on leading teams: most recently as a director Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton Australia and prior to that for more than 7 years as the national Equity Capital Markets partner at Ernst & Young, as well as a member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Advisory Committee (AltX), before immigrating to Australia in mid-2007.

Trevor is an avid golfer and tennis player, a creative business and migration advisor, and a wine ‘geek’ – also the person you’ll most likely be dealing with for business related migration matters.

Trevor’s formal qualifications are:

  • Chartered Accountant (ICAANZ & South Africa),
  • Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice and Registered Migration Agent
  • BCom BAcc CA
  • Dip Corp Law Grad
  • DipAppFin FF in FAIM & ICAANZ Accredited BV Specialist

Lara joined the Lattice Migration team in 2016 as a Social media assistant and marketing coordinator. She has the demanding responsibility for updating the website, compiling regular newsletters and the occasional blog, and balances those roles having fun updating the Linked In and Facebook presence.

Lara is currently completing her PhD in plant science, majoring in plant pathology and Micro RNA, at the University of Queensland which she hopes to complete early in 2017.

When she isn’t busily tending to her plants or tutoring students she is assisting us working on client matters or working on the business. Lara has a passion for exercise, drawing and travelling – all talents which can be well harnessed when assisting migrants.

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Jacques du Toit (BA)

Regional Manager Africa

+27 11 809 3356


Block B Library Office Park, 14 Payne Rd, Johannesburg, 2191, South Africa

Jacques is an indispensable part of the migration team, with a permanent presence in South Africa and a passion for forging new business relationships, as well as strolling the hallowed fairways of many of South Africa’s championship golf courses.

Jacque’s role sees him regularly consulting with various clients and engaging with potential new clients to discover their needs and requirements, which is fundamental to our ability to provide a solution, and if required, arranging for appointment/s with one our RMA’s. He is also the principal brand custodian in SA and along with his staff coordinates periodic events and other new business development opportunities.

Lattice Capital

Lattice Capital offers a spectrum of corporate advisory services, which include:

  • Strategic planning;
  • Business plans, feasibility studies and market research
  • Corporate structuring;
  • Business and share valuation/s
  • Mergers and acquisition assistance;
  • Financing applications;
  • Equity capital raising.

In other instances Lattice Capital works seamlessly alongside its business partners in LEAN implementations, improving financial management and reporting processes , conducting training and development initiatives and harnessing specialist legal advice – all to provide a comprehensive solution to suit your needs.

Gavin Wood (BComm)

Business Partner

+61 7 5493 5147


Buderim, on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Queensland

Gavin is currently the Managing Director of Panoptic Business Solutions, an affiliate of Lattice, which drives innovation and growth in client’s organisations.

Gavin is an accomplished business leader with demonstrable skills in strategy development, business management, sales coaching, and project management of ICT systems & solutions implementations, having worked in several countries in Europe and Africa, and for a range of world class companies, covering diverse industry sectors.

Firmly believing that “People make a Difference”, Gavin attributes his successful career to the art and skill of people management. Our association harnesses Panoptic’s skills, networks and market leverage and ensures we can identify and deploy the ’required’ people for the Australian workplace, irrespective of where they might be found in the world. Gavin’s business development and strategic counsel have also been invaluable in building Lattice’s business.

Panoptic Solutions

We specialize in helping small and medium businesses, across different industries, create and implement strategies to realize their business ambitions. Without a clear strategy a business has no control over its own destiny! Our experienced consultants are hired for projects, advice and coaching. We create an environment that promotes open communication, removes functional and hierarchical barriers and generates group alignment and commitment to a successful outcome. We challenge and inspire the way people work, think, act and connect. In doing so, we make a difference!