James Dodds is the Owner/Chairperson of Envireau Water. He is a nationally recognised expert in water management and water resources hydrogeology, particularly within the minerals, agricultural/horticultural and water bottling sectors, as well as the onshore oil and gas sector, and has a reputation for his tenacity with regulatory systems.
As well as providing technical support to the team, James – a Chartered Geologist – takes the technical lead on Expert Witness projects and regulator negotiation for new and novel permit and licence applications, having achieved the Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.
James’ professional career started in 1986 working on waste and mineral projects in the UK, before moving to South Africa in 1988. There he spent 4 years principally working on a wide range of projects in the mining industry, related both to water resources and geotechnical hydrogeology. Much of the work was field based giving James a thorough grounding in data collection; borehole construction and testing; and monitoring systems. With the same company, James returned to the UK, and spent the following 6 years progressing to Principal level. During this time, he worked on a wide range of mining projects in Europe, Africa, CIS and the Middle East, as well as developing projects in the UK within the minerals and agricultural sectors. In 1998, James formed Envireau Water.