Venture Appoints New Finance Director

Venture Production has appointed Marie-Louise Clayton as Group Finance Director. She is expected to join Venture in mid-February 2005.

Marie-Louise Clayton is a Certified Accountant with a degree in Law from Exeter University. Over her 20 year career she has worked internationally at a senior business and financial level in a number of major industrial companies including Exxon, Alcatel, GEC, Alstom and, most recently, as Group Finance Director and Chief Information Officer of the Primary Food Division of Associated British Foods plc.

Commenting on the news, Mike Wagstaff, Chief Executive said:

'I am delighted to welcome Marie-Louise to Venture at this exciting time in the Company's growth. We are currently in the middle of an intense three-year field development program across our asset base. This should lead to a step change in the size and scale of our business and a more than doubling of oil and gas production from current levels. Marie-Louise's extensive experience of financial management within larger businesses than Venture will benefit the Company considerably as we move forward.'

A list of all Directorships held by Marie-Louise Clayton within the last five years is given below. There are no further disclosures to be made in relation to Mrs. Clayton under paragraphs 6.F.2 (b)-(g) of the Listing Rules.