Northern Appoints Non-Executive Director

Northern announced the appointment to the Board, with immediate effect, of Dr. Rex William Gaisford CBE as a new Non-Executive Director of the Company.

Rex, aged 70, has worked in oil and gas businesses worldwide for over 35 years. During his career to date he has been CEO, MD, director, project manager, engineer and negotiator,with many large international oil companies and led major multi-billion dollar exploration, development and production operations world-wide as well as opened up new business opportunities in the UK, US, Denmark, Norway and Brazil.

During an intense period of 20 years he has been inter alia, Managing Director & Executive Vice President for American independent oil company, Amerada Hess International, and Project Director & General Manager Engineering for Britoil Plc. Rex was very active on the organizational aspects of the industry, publishing and presenting many technical/managerial papers. He was the founder and original chairman of the CRINE initiative which revolutionized key aspects of the UK oil industry. The CRINE message rapidly then spread across the world. In 1995 he was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

For the last ten years, Rex as CEO of consulting company RCM Consulting Limited, has been an adviser to, and taken active roles in, the international energy industry.

Richard Latham, Chairman of Northern, commented, "It gives me the greatest pleasure to welcome Rex to the Board of Northern Petroleum. His vast experience in every aspect of the E&P business is almost without parallel and will be of great value to Northern as we continue to build the Company into a significant position within the European industry. We all look forward to working with Rex and benefiting from his experience and insight."