Valentia North Sea Ltd consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced employees. Allow us to introduce them to you on this page.


Dr Niall Hoey


Chief Executive



Niall is a qualified geologist and geophysicist with 20 years experience in exploration and production internationally.  He has a distinguished academic career having been awarded a first in his B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology at University College Galway, a M.Sc. in Geophysics at University College Dublin, a Ph.D. in Sedimentology at University College Galway and finally an MBA from Loughborough University.  He is an active member of several professional organisations including the International Association of Sedimentologists, the European Association of Geologists & Engineers, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and is a registered negotiator of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.


Niall spend 10 years with BG Group working both oil and gas exploration and production projects on four continents.  When leaving he held the post of Head of Exploration for the East Mediterranean based in Cairo.  At that time, he led the team that had an unprecedented industry first of 13 back to back exploration discoveries in the Nile Delta.  The multi-TCF gas and condensate discoveries are now the feed stock for the highly successful Egypt LNG project.


Niall established his own company in 2001, Valentia Exploration & Production Limited exploring primarily in Turkey.  The company enjoyed a number of successes and produced over a million barrels of 34API oil a year.  The company divested its Turkish assets as part of an initial public offering on the Sydney stock exchange in 2005.


Since then Niall has specialised in formulating country entry and exit strategies for several multinationals, brokering new oil, gas and LNG trade relationships in Europe, the CIS, US and Middle East, in addition he has advised funds and syndicated banks on investment and debt risk in both hydrocarbons and power generation and has completed several due diligent exercises leading to acquisition of producing assets for clients.



Bradley Daden


Technical  Director


Bradley is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer and has  gained extensive operational experience from working over 20 years in various roles in an operational capacity after gaining his (Hons) in Applied Geology at the University of Plymouth and an M.Sc. in Computing in Earth Sciences from the University of Keele. He is also a member of a number of professional organisations including the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Fellow of the Geology Society of London, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Energy Institute.


Bradley spent 11 years with Baker Hughes Inteq in various positions from mud logger, wellsite geologist through to mud engineering and drilling supervisory positions.  The executions of these roles were primarily offshore, where different well types and conditions were drilled from various offshore units and platforms.

When he left Baker Hughes Inteq he formed his own consultancy and worked exclusively for BP in their West of Shetland development drilling campaigns in Foinaven and Schiehallion, and also Mungo as part of their ETAP development.

On completion of the BP developments Bradley joined Valentia Exploration & Production in Turkey as drilling supervisor and supervised the drilling of 9 production wells. Other duties included the supervision of production operations in the gathering centre facility.


Since then Bradley has participated in various asset evaluations in Russia and then joined AGR petroleum services where he has been project leader on various assignments ranging from Reserves Audits for finance through an IPO to project manager of planning gas condensate field development offshore Venezuela. he has also worked as a Risk Engineer for Lloyds of London Brokers on various assets and installations for the insurance market.