Our Team

Michael Blaha

Executive Chairman

Michael Blaha

Michael Blaha is a petroleum engineer with 35+ years of oil and gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

He is the co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Cove Energy plc. Prior to Cove, Mr Blaha held a number of senior roles in Royal Dutch Shell...

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John Craven

CEO

John Craven

John Craven is a petroleum geologist with 40+ years of oil and gas experience worldwide.

He is the co-founder and former CEO of Cove Energy plc. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Petroceltic International plc, the London- and Dublin-listed exploration company with African and Mediterranean assets....

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Michael Nolan

CFO

Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan is a chartered accountant and has worked in the natural resource industry for 20+ years.

He is the former Finance Director of Cove Energy plc. From 1999 to 2007, Mr Nolan was CEO of mining company Minmet plc. He has co-founded Fastnet Oil and Gas plc, Rathdowney...

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Alexander Mollinger

COO

Alexander Mollinger

Alexander Mollinger is a petroleum engineer with 15 years of technical, commercial and M&A oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa and Latin America; in both public and private-equity backed companies. Prior to being appointed COO of Discover Exploration, Mr Mollinger was the Commercial Director.

He is the former commercial...

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Joseph English

Exploration Manager

Joseph English

Joseph English is a petroleum geoscientist with 15+ years of oil and gas experience in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East.

He is the former Chief Geologist of Petroceltic International, and prior to that he worked on various exploration projects with Nexen Inc. and EnCana Corp.

Joseph English...

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Paul Griggs

Corporate Development Director

Paul Griggs

Paul Griggs has 30+ years of oil and gas experience.

He is the former advisor to the Board of Directors of Cove Energy plc. He has held senior positions at Taipan Resources Inc., Sterling Energy plc, OMV AG and BHP Petroleum. Previously, he also worked at NatWest Markets, Petrofina UK...

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Gordon Aird

Taxation & Corporate Structuring Advisor

Gordon Aird

Gordon Aird is a taxation & corporate structuring specialist with 30+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he was the taxation advisor of Cove Energy plc. Mr Aird started his career as a UK inspector of taxes, before moving to the commercial side with International Thomson in...

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Bernard André

Senior Geophysicist

Bernard André

Bernard André is a geophysicist with 45+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America. Previously, he was the senior geophysicist of Cove Energy plc. Prior to this, Mr André worked in several major oil & gas companies incl. 25 years at...

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Heidi Cassidy

Office Manager (London)

Heidi Cassidy

Heidi Cassidy started working in the oil industry in 2001 when she joined Agip KCO in The Hague. She has since worked for Royal Dutch Shell and after a few years with Bacardi Global Brands she returned to the fold and joined Cove Energy in 2010. Heidi has been...

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Desmond Crichton

General Counsel

Desmond Crichton

Desmond Crichton is a transactional lawyer with 30+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australia. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to that, Mr Crichton worked for 20+ years in legal, commercial and management roles at BHP Petroleum,...

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Ross Crockett

Finance Projects Controller

Ross Crockett

Ross Crockett is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has extensive experience in senior finance positions in public listed companies including Orogen Gold plc, Fastnet Oil & Gas plc, Cove Energy plc and Amryt Pharma plc. Mr Crockett has worked with Accenture and Barclaycard in Ireland, and Westpac Bank...

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Thomas Fridrich

Commercial Advisor

Thomas Fridrich

Thomas Fridrich is a petroleum geophysicist and economist, holding a Master in Petroleum Economics and Management from IFP School in Paris, complemented by a joint Master degree in Applied Geophysics from top-tier universities Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen. He worked for six years as a petroleum...

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Pascale Giordano

Office Manager (Dublin)

Pascale Giordano

Pascale Giordano has 15+ years of experience at Falcon Oil & Gas, Cove Energy plc, Petroceltic International and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

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Ries Langereis

Senior Drilling Engineer

Ries Langereis

Ries Langereis is a drilling engineer with 45+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he was the wells manager of Cove Energy plc. Prior to that, Mr Langereis worked for 30+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles, with particular exposure to...

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Paul Micklethwaite

Senior Petroleum Economist

Paul Micklethwaite

Paul Micklethwaite is a petroleum economist with 35+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. Most recently he worked at BG Group as Group Economics Manager for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and global LNG. Prior to that, he worked as...

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Eric Murris

Senior Development Engineer

Eric Murris

Eric Murris is a petroleum engineer with 35+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia and South America. Previously, he worked at OMV in a senior technical management position. Prior to this, he worked for 30+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a...

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Lars Nydahl Jørgensen

Country Representative Denmark

Lars Nydahl Jørgensen

Lars Nydahl is an experienced executive with 35+ years in the global energy industry. His experience spans a large number of countries and is particularly strong within business development, exploration and field development. He headed up Maersk Oil’s exploration division and was a member of Maersk Oil’s executive team. Mr....

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Ian Reid

Senior Petrophysicist

Ian Reid

Ian Reid is a petrophysicist with 35+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he worked for 25+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles. He has extensive expertise over a wide range of geological settings and across the full petroleum development cycle. Ian...

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Jan Willem Roosch

Senior Reservoir Engineer

Jan Willem Roosch

Jan Willem Roosch is a petroleum engineer with 45+ years of oil & gas experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Previously, he was the senior reservoir engineer of Cove Energy plc. For the past 10 years, he has been active as a petroleum engineering consultant incl....

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Robert Whelan

Financial Controller & Company Secretary

Robert Whelan

Robert Whelan is a Chartered Accountant with 15+ years of finance experience. Previously, he was the Financial Controller of Cove Energy plc from 2010 to 2012. He has entensive experience in both practice and Industry finance roles including roles with Citco Fund Services, Aventas Group, AIB, Coca Cola and...

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Michael Blaha

Executive Chairman

Michael Blaha

Michael Blaha is a petroleum engineer with 35+ years of oil and gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

He is the co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Cove Energy plc. Prior to Cove, Mr Blaha held a number of senior roles in Royal Dutch Shell...

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John Craven

CEO

John Craven

John Craven is a petroleum geologist with 40+ years of oil and gas experience worldwide.

He is the co-founder and former CEO of Cove Energy plc. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Petroceltic International plc, the London- and Dublin-listed exploration company with African and Mediterranean assets....

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Michael Nolan

CFO

Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan is a chartered accountant and has worked in the natural resource industry for 20+ years.

He is the former Finance Director of Cove Energy plc. From 1999 to 2007, Mr Nolan was CEO of mining company Minmet plc. He has co-founded Fastnet Oil and Gas plc, Rathdowney...

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Marcel van Poecke

Non-Executive Director

Marcel van Poecke

Marcel van Poecke is an industry veteran and a seasoned investor in the energy sector. He is a Managing Director and Head of Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), an investment fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group to invest in oil & gas exploration & production, midstream, oil field services and refining &...

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Brooke B. Coburn

Non-Executive Director

Brooke B. Coburn

Brooke B. Coburn is a Managing Director, COO of Carlyle’s Energy and Natural Resources platform, and Co-Head of Carlyle Growth Partners and Carlyle Equity Opportunity Fund, which represent the U.S. middle market buyout and growth capital activities of The Carlyle Group.

Mr. Coburn serves on the investment committees of Carlyle's...

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Paddy Spink

Non-Executive Director

Paddy Spink

Paddy Spink is a geologist with nearly 40+ years of oil and gas experience worldwide. He is a Senior Advisor to Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), an investment fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group, and to the Board of Directors of AtlasInvest N.V. and Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V.

Prior to this,...

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Alexander Berger

Non-Executive Director

Alexander Berger

Alexander Berger is a petroleum engineer with 20+ years of oil and gas experience in Europe and Africa. He is the CEO of Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., the largest privately owned Dutch exploration and production operating company. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Cairn Energy plc.

Prior to this, he...

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