Peter Ruxton Biography

Peter was born in Africa - in Nyasaland, now Malawi - and went to school in Arusha, Tanzania - before boarding at Kingswood School in Bath. He studied for six years at Leeds University gaining a BSc and PhD in geological sciences before moving to Australia to work in mineral exploration. Returning to the UK in 1997, Peter studied for an MBA through the Universities of Bangor and Manchester, before joining the British Government’s Aid arm - CDC or the Commonwealth Development Corporation - part of then DfiD or the Department for International Development - financing mining projects in the poorer parts of Africa. Having been made redundant in 2008, Peter took his investment track record and formed a new private equity mining fund called Tembo Capital.

The idea of running a retreat on Celtic Spirituality emerged from Peter’s thesis work completed for an MA in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College in Salisbury. This retreat explores the research and ideas which emerged from this thesis, entitled: ‘Critically Assess the Impact of the Spirituality of the Celtic Peregrini on Expressions of Contemporary Christian Practice.’

Peter is a bird watcher, loves collecting fossils (of course!), makes sour dough bread, tries to brew beer, and now lives with his stained-glass designer wife Hilary and family, near Stroud in Gloucestershire.