The People

The three founders of SaruConsult each have a long track record of involvement with Africa and between them can claim direct knowledge of every country on the African continent. Their extensive hands-on experience enables them to build the bridges which permit the flow of information and resources required for new and viable enterprises.

Tim Torrington is an Oxford graduate in Geology who has worked in both the technical and managerial sides of the mining sector for Anglo American Corporation and Lonrho, and more latterly in the Oil and gas industry as CEO of Anvil Petroleum plc and Heritage Oil Corporation. In the 1980ís he chaired the House of Lords EEC Energy, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Committee.

He has been a Director of a number of UK, Canadian and Australian public companies and is currently Chairman of CYC Holdings plc, an AIM-listed company which assists Chinese companies seeking listings in Europe. He is also a Director of several wildlife charities including Kasanka Trust which manages and finances the Kasanka National Park in Zambia.

Timís business and political contacts across Africa include Heads of State, ministers and civil servants as well as rising captains of industry. He also serves on the London Business Schoolís Regional Advisory Board for Africa.  

Russell Hay, is a Sussex graduate in International Relations. He began working in Southern Africa with various European based NGOs which brought him into contact with a number of liberation movements. After several years working as a consultant on small and medium sized enterprises in Europe and Africa, he moved to Namibia in 1989 to work with SWAPO. Since 1993 he has worked as a consultant and adviser on a variety of projects, including fisheries, tourism, small scale mining and communications, in Central and Southern Africa.


Rupert Bowen, After a stint in the Parachute Regiment, Rupert entered the Foreign Office where in 20 years service, much of it dealing with the trouble spots of Africa, he acquired a detailed knowledge of the dynamics of African politics.  Joining an oil and mining company in 1994 following early retirement from the FCO, he played a key role in developing a major mining project in Sierra Leone. He subsequently undertook consultancy work on behalf of various organizations in Angola, Republic of Guinea, Algeria, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Rupert is fluent in French and German and has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University.  An outdoor enthusiast and keen skier, Rupert led a World Challenge expedition to Malawi in July 2003.

 When and as appropriate, SaruConsult draws on the skills and knowledge of associates with whom its principal consultants have worked over many years.