Meet The Team

Over 50 Years Combined Experience in Emigration & Overseas Visas

At Overseas Emigration Visas we have between us some 50 years’ experience of arranging migration and overseas visas. We also have many years of overseas travel and work experience in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. In fact, almost all of us are drawn from Overseas Emigration Visas’ destination countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US), with the rest of us having our roots in the UK and Ireland.

Expertise in Our Team

The Overseas Emigration Visas team is comprised of professionally qualified lawyers, attorneys, senior ex-staff members of government immigration departments (Australian immigration and New Zealand immigration) and registered migration agents. This means that Overseas Emigration Visas can field a formidable team to represent you at the highest level and secure your overseas visa.Equally importantly though, we know the other migration and personal difficulties that you’ll face as someone looking to make a new life in a new country. We are all committed to helping you face and come through all of these challenges to secure your brighter future.

In Our Team

We hope the team introductions will give you a feel for the kind of people that we are, our outlooks and our experiences of life.


Richard Gregan


Richard, owner and director of Overseas Emigration Visas, shares a surname with the Aussie Rugby half-back and former captain but, sadly, has an altogether different physique! Richard comes from New Zealand and has diplomas in Social Work, Police Science and Forensic Accountancy.

The founder of OE, he has spent the last 20 years working in the field and is a leading authority on all migration and overseas visa matters for Australia and New Zealand. Richard regularly participates in radio and TV programmes as well as contributing to press reports on the subject of migration.

Based at our Edinburgh office, Richard is Scotland ‘s only resident, registered migration agent for MARA, Australia (Reg No: 990 5168) and  for the Register of Licensed Immigration Advisers, New Zealand (Reg No: 200902085) and member of NZAMI – see MARAIAAMIA and NZAMI websites. As part of his team he also has registered agents and solicitors for the USA and for Canada who have expertise in US immigration law and Canadian immigration law.

Known throughout the migration world as a great person to do business with, Richard is never short of an ex-client to share a drink or a meal with on his triennial travels to every Australian state capital and every major city in New Zealand and Canada.

Best part of the job: Having a win on a challenging case

Favourite destination: Wellington on a sunny day


Douglas Eckhart


As head of the Skills Team, Douglas specialises in skilled migration applications to Australia. He studied at the University of Edinburgh where he obtained an MA in Ancient History. He continues to have a keen interest in Greek & Roman history and is a member of a Roman living history society, so if you are lucky you may catch Douglas marching up and down the country in Roman tunic and armour on weekends! Douglas is also keen on the history and landscape of Scotland and often can be found trekking the highlands and islands of the country. He also enjoys traveling, particularly around the Mediterranean. Having worked in a variety of roles, Douglas came to OE Visas in the Spring of 2006.

Best part of the job: When a client’s Visa is approved and you know that you have played a role in allowing that person’s dream to come true!

Favourite destination: Italy


Yvonne Hamilton


Running our Visa and Lodgement Teams, Yvonne was born in Ayrshire and grew up in Aldershot, Hampshire. After completing her education she settled in Southwest Scotland, where she spent 15 years working in catering and retail management before moving to OE. Yvonne is a film buff with a particular fondness for Bette Davis films and horror movies. In her spare time she likes to read and listen to music; she also likes gardening and shopping at the weekends.

Best part of the job: Talking to clients on the phone and helping them with their enquiries.

Favourite destinations: China and Mauritius.


Laurence Robertson


Gadget guy Laurence, who manages our processing teams, joined OE visas after training in Avionics with the Royal Air Force and working as a self-employed plumber and electrician. Born in Edinburgh, Laurence has travelled far and wide – everywhere from West Africa to South America – and plans to eventually retire to Southern Europe. In his spare time he enjoys cooking and surfing the Net (he’s also a keen Ebayer) when he’s not creating ingenious electronic/electrical devices.

Best part of the job: Travelling and consultations with prospective clients.

Favourite destination: Rome

Kevin O’Shaughnessy


Working with Laurence, Kevin assists in the visa process throughout.  Having 6 years in management experience coupled with extensive 1-1 involvement with clients, he decided to focus on making the latter his priority.  Born locally, Kevin frequently travels when ever he can from Germany to Canada having got married in the Caribbean in between.  If you need anything then he will be there to help you every step of the way.

Best part of the job: When prospective clients call with an expectation and managing to offer them more than they thought was possible.

Favourite Destination: St.Maarten

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What Our Clients Say

  • We have all settled in well in Oz. We have now been here a year and loving it. Thanks.
    – Simon & Gillian Vamplew, Australia
  • Currently we have been staying in Thailand since before Christmas and in 5 weeks we travel to Australia to arrive at the same time as our personal effects. We can’t wait! Again – many thanks to everyone for everything!
    – Maxine Warhurst & Family, Australia
  • Now that I have scraped myself off the ceiling following the exciting news regarding my VISA grant I received on Friday, I just wanted to pass on my thanks for your part in making all of this possible. A number of years ago I had a phone consultation with another company (didn’t know about OE at the time) and came away disheartened as there thoughts on my success at this was far from favourable. Yet on conversation with Laurence he stated to me that I could get a visa without state sponsorship and it would take 7 months and that I should be wary of the IELTS test. If I have my dates correct it took about 9 months but would have been 7 were it not for the IELTS test! Again, your patience support and effort were greatly appreciated and I have passed on this experience to a number of friends who are also thinking of making the move and that they should use OE.
    – Graeme and family, Australia
  • Things are working out really well for us in NZ and I am more than happy for my comments to be posted on your website, I meant what I said regarding my positive view of your company and I would like people to know. There are so many companies offering the same kind of service, it’s hard to know who to trust and we had OE recommended by a friend and I would recommend to anyone without a second thought.
    – Sam Whittam, New Zealand
  • Thank you so so much and everybody at OE for everything. We are over the moon! We are all in shock and there are tears! Thank you again.
    – Warren Baldwin-Jones, Canada
  • Our emigration to Australia is going great so far thanks. Thank you for all your help.
    – Lynn McBride & Family, Australia
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so pleased and there have been a few tears this morning, including my family. Phew! Superbly professional.
    – Karen Johnson, Canada
  • Currently we have been staying in Thailand since before Christmas and in 5 weeks we travel to Australia to arrive at the same time as our personal effects. We can’t wait! Again – many thanks to everyone for everything!
    – Maxine Warhurst & Family, Australia
  • All going well. Thank you, after all the work that was put in from your office with regards our emigration we cannot thank you enough, again many thanks for everything!
    – Michael Coombes, Australia
  • We’ll keep you updated about how we get on but for now Lin and I would like to sincerely thank you, Richard, Magda and everyone else at OE who have made the process of getting our visas so straightforward for us. You are all so professional and we have felt at every stage that we are in the best hands possible. Your customer service is truly outstanding!
    – Scott McKenzie, Australia
  • We have arrived in Brisbane safely, goods and all!! Been here since September and loving it so far. Thankfully our house was not damaged in anyway by the floods, although we have been involved in Volunteering to help clean up after the floods (that was an experience!). Thanks again.
    – Elaine, Kevin and Kim Lawrence, Brisbane, Australia
  • They explained each process of the application and kept us up-to-date on what was happening at each stage; telling us when we needed to be doing things and in what order – they made the whole process very straight forward.

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    – The Colberts, Melbourne, Australia
  • Thank you so much to all at OE, yourself and Lawrence can you send the gratitude to Mark too, it is only just becoming real, we are so pleased.
    – Christopher Barber & Jayne Harris, New Zealand
  • Thanks so much for all of your help and support with my application. Everyone there has been so responsive every time we’ve contacted you, it really does make a difference. I should refer our estate agent back in Edinburgh to you for some tips on customer communication! And we certainly would recommend to anyone thinking of making the move to contact the team at OE.
    – James Cooke, New Zealand

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