Premier Appoints New Non-Executive Director

In line with the Company's previously stated intention to bring new non-executives onto the Board, Premier announces the appointment of Mr. Joe Darby as a non executive director with effect from September 1, 2007.

Mr. Darby has over thirty-five years of experience in the energy sector, including eight years with Shell Petroleum as a petroleum engineer, before becoming Managing Director of Thomson North Sea Limited. He was Chief Operating Officer of LASMO plc before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 1993 and Deputy Chairman in 2001. Mr. Darby is currently the senior independent director at British Nuclear Fuels plc. He has held non-executive director roles at Mowlem plc and Centurion Energy Inc. He was also Chairman of Mowlem plc (2005-2006) and Faroe Petroleum plc (2003-2007).

Sir David John, Chairman, commented, "We are delighted that Joe Darby will be joining our Board. Joe brings a wealth of industry experience and we look forward to his contribution to our Board."