Viscount Torrington graduated from Oxford University as a geologist in 1964. He served in technical and managerial roles with Anglo American plc and Lonrho plc. In 1975, he became managing director of the Attock Oil Company, later Anvil Petroleum plc. The latter was merged with Berkeley Exploration in 1986, and acquired by Ranger Oil the same year. In 1987, he became a Director of Flextech plc and chief executive of Exploration & Production Services (Holdings) Limited, better known as Expro, a major UK oilfield services contractor. In 1995, he became Managing Director of Heritage Oil & Gas Limited, later listed in Toronto as Heritage Oil Corporation.