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Friday 13 July, 2007

D1 Oils Plc

Directorate Change

D1 Oils Plc
13 July 2007

13 July 2007

Professor Christopher Leaver CBE, FRSE, FRS Appointed as Non-Executive Director

D1 Oils plc (D1), the UK-based global producer of biodiesel, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Professor Christopher Leaver, Sibthorpian Professor
of Plant Science and Head of Department, Plant Sciences, Oxford University, as a
Non-Executive Director of the Company.

Professor Leaver is a leading expert in the understanding of the molecular and
biochemical basis of plant growth and differentiation. His significant
scientific contributions include research into the molecular, biochemical and
cellular basis of plant development. Professor Leaver was educated at Imperial
College, London, where he gained his doctorate in Plant Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Purdue University, USA, and a
Lecturer, Reader and Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Visiting
Professor at the University of Western Australia, and the holder of many awards
in his field. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986, and was
awarded a CBE for services to plant sciences in 2000.

Commenting on the appointment, Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool, Chairman of D1 Oils
plc said:

'We are delighted that a distinguished scientist of the calibre of Christopher
Leaver has agreed to join our Board. Christopher's experience in the field of
plant science, and in particular in plant development and genetics, will be an
invaluable addition to the research and development programme for our principal
feedstock crop, Jatropha curcas. Jatropha is an under-developed inedible oil
crop that offers enormous potential for the development of sustainable biodiesel
production. Understanding the breadth and diversity of its genetic
characteristics will be vital to realising that potential and ensuring that it
can be harnessed sustainably, and Christopher has much to contribute in this

In accordance with Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules, the following information is

Christopher John Leaver, aged 65, is a Trustee of the John Innes Foundation, and
a Director of John Innes Bioprospects Limited and John Innes Agriculture

Over the past five years Christopher Leaver has been a Director of Isis
Innovations Ltd., a University of Oxford Technology Transfer Company, a Trustee
of the Natural History Museum and Chair of the Executive Committee of the
Biochemical Society.

There are no further disclosures required to be made pursuant to paragraph 17
and schedule 2 - paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for companies.


D1 Oils:
Graham Prince, Head of Corporate Communications
Tel:    +44 (0) 1642 755580
Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 323840

Brunswick Group:
Mark Antelme
Tel:    +44 (0) 20 7404 5959

Notes to Editors

D1 Oils plc is a UK-based global producer of biodiesel. We are building a global
supply chain and network that is sustainable and delivers value from

'earth-to-engine'. Our operations cover agronomy, refining and trading. We are
pioneering the science, planting and production of inedible vegetable oils; we
design, build, own, operate and market biodiesel refineries; and we source,
transport and trade seeds and seedlings, seedcake, crude vegetable oils and

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