Our team

Michael Blaha

CEO

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, where he guided the company through its £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTTEP.

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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, where he guided the company through its £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTTEP.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr Nolan was CEO...

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Alexander Mollinger

COO

Alexander Mollinger

Alexander Mollinger is a petroleum engineer with c. 15 years of technical, commercial and M&A oil & gas experience covering Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America; in both public and private equity backed companies. From 2012 to 2018, Mr Mollinger was the Commercial Director of Discover Exploration.

He is the former commercial advisor and advisor...

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Joseph English

Subsurface Director

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, where he guided the company through its £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTTEP.

He has held senior positions at Taipan Resources Inc., Sterling...

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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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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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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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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 extensive experience in both practice and Industry finance roles including roles with Citco Fund Services, Aventas Group, AIB, Coca Cola and...

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Jake Ulrich

Chairman Designate

Jake Ulrich

Since getting his B.S. Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Mr Ulrich has accumulated 35+ years of engineering experience in the energy industry, working in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been on numerous boards, including Sterling Resources as CEO,...

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Michael Blaha

CEO

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, where he guided the company through its £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTTEP.

Prior...

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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, where he guided the company through its £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) sale to Thailand's PTTEP.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr Nolan was CEO...

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John Craven

Non-Executive Director

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. Under his leadership, Petroceltic grew into a business with a diversified...

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Marcel van Poecke

Non-Executive Director

Marcel van Poecke

Having more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Marcel van Poecke is primarily an entrepreneur, investor and executive manager. He is Chairman of AtlasInvest, a private holding company he founded in 2007. AtlasInvest is engaged in investments across the broad energy spectrum.

Marcel van Poecke is a...

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Heather Mitchell

Non-Executive Director

Heather Mitchell

Heather Mitchell is a Partner, Managing Director and global General Counsel for Investments at The Carlyle Group. Ms. Mitchell is head of Carlyle’s EMEA region and a member of the executive Risk Management Committee. She is based in London.

In October 2019, and again in 2020, Ms. Mitchell was named...

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Paddy Spink

Non-Executive Director

Paddy Spink

Paddy Spink is a senior advisor to Atlas Invest and served the board of Oranje-Nassau Energie over a 10 year period. He is the operations executive for Carlyle International Energy Partners. Paddy was non-executive director of Ophir Energy and was an executive committee member of Perenco. He has over 40 years of oil...

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Alexander Berger

Non-Executive Director

Alexander Berger

Alexander Berger is a petroleum engineer with 25 years of oil and gas experience in senior roles with Shell and Dyas, followed by 10 years as CEO of Oranje-Nassau Energie, and also served as non-executive director for Cairn Energy.

 

 

 

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