Meet the Speakers of the 2017 Borehole Users Conference
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September 29, 2017

With less than a week until the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, we are pleased to introduce you to this year’s speakers.  There are still a handful of places left at the conference which is taking place on the 5th October in Loughborough. For more information and to book click here.


James Dodds

Chairperson, Envireau Water

James 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 is the host of the 2017 Borehole Users Conference.


Dave Banks

Director, Holymoor Consultancy Ltd

Dave has 32 years’ experience as a practising hydrogeologist, having worked for Thames Water Authority, the Geological Survey of Norway, Scott Wilson and Norwegian Church Aid. He is currently Director of his own business, Holymoor Consultancy Ltd. (Chesterfield) and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Dave has studied groundwater in many exotic locations: Siberia, Spitsbergen, Somalia, the Bolivian Altiplano, Liberia, Afghanistan and Accrington. He is the author of two Wiley textbooks: “Water Wells and Boreholes” (with Bruce Misstear and the late Lewis Clark) and “An Introduction to Thermogeology: Ground Source Heating and Cooling”.

At the conference, Dave will be discussing the importance of good borehole design, the technical and scientific methods that can be used, and the benefits that good design brings to sustainable abstraction.


Diane Steele

Technical Specialist, Environment Agency

Diane has worked for the Newcastle office of the Environment Agency for over 13 years, specialising in groundwater protection and resources.

Her current work focusses on groundwater monitoring, asset management, permitting, and planning, particularly on the Magnesian Limestone in the Wear and Tees catchments.

She also works closely with Hartlepool Water and the Coal Authority, looking at the interaction between minewater plumes, groundwater abstractions and surface waters, and how this affects water quality and resource availability.

Test pumping is an important part of the work required by the Environment Agency to support an abstraction licence. Diane will present why the Environment Agency need test pumping data, the sort of data that they need and what they do with it. She will place this in the context of ensuring sustainable abstraction, protection of the environment and other abstractors—which could be you!


Phil Ham

Principal Hydrogeologist/Managing Director, Envireau Water

In addition to his Managing Director role, Phil is a Principal Hydrogeologist with over 15 years’ professional experience working with natural water systems.

Phil specialises in hydrogeological impact assessment, which is integral to Envireau Water’s technical work across all industry sectors. Phil has a particular interest and expertise in all aspects of development, management and regulation of independent water supplies. Phil manages groundwater supply and environmental monitoring projects across a wide range of industries
including food manufacturing, water bottling, brewing, distilling, and onshore oil & gas. Phil has also completed the Cardiff University Law School/Bond Solon expert witness training course.

Test pumping is not only important from a regulatory point of view, but invaluable from an everyday operational, monitoring and control viewpoint. “Every time you switch your pump on, you are doing a test”, Phil has been heard saying. Phil will explain how and why you use everyday data to understand what your well or borehole is doing.


Peter Dumble

Hydrogeologist, Peter Dumble Hydrogeology

Peter is an independent hydrogeologist with a specialist interest in groundwater monitoring. Since 1994 he has developed and delivered a series of highly respected groundwater monitoring courses and helped in the development of monitoring guidance for the Environment Agency and others.

He is a co-founder and was for 20 years the Managing Director of groundwater equipment supplier, Waterra UK Limited, which was purchased in 2010 by In-Situ Inc. His practical monitoring experience extends from the UK and Ireland to Canada, the Middle East and West Africa. He writes a technical monthly blog on groundwater monitoring and related issues for In-Situ Europe here.

If we are to understand how our borehole is performing, we need data to do it. A key piece of data is water level. Measurement of borehole water levels would seem simple, but Peter has been teaching people how to take measurements for decades and he remains astounded by the misconceptions that still exist. Peter will discuss measurement method, tools and techniques. From dip tapes to data loggers and with practical, real-time demonstrations.


Danny Ronson

Product Manager Flow Instruments, Siemens

Danny spends most of his working days helping customers find good value solutions to their fluid flow challenges. He has 35 years experience in process measurement and control, starting with Foxboro and works today as UK Flow Product Manager for Siemens.

Multi-tasking came at early age; starting his first band whilst gaining his mechanical engineering degree at Liverpool University. In recent times he has embraced new found knowledge in the distilling industry; delivering process optimisation solutions alongside the occasional dram! Ever present throughout his career has been the specification of water flow meters.

Knowing how much water you are abstracting and at what rate is critical in ensuring a sustainable supply, whether it is to provide data to the regulator; protect the environment; manage your abstraction system; or monitor and improve water use efficiency.

However, there are a wide range of water metering and flow measurement methods and options, each with advantages and disadvantages ranging from simple manually read in line cumulative flow meters, to sophisticated digital logging and recording meters.

Danny will present and discuss the range of metering and measurement solutions available, when and where they are applicable, as well as maintenance, verification and calibration issues.


Andrew Francis

Senior Farm Manager, Elveden Estate

Andrew is a first generation farmer and Senior Farm Manager at the Elveden Estate. He is directly responsible for all elements of farming on the 22,500 acre estate on the Norfolk Suffolk Border plus 1,700 hectares of external farming.

Andrew manages a team of 40 workers, working together with them to look at long term approaches to land and water management, food production and environmental sustainability.

Being a LEAD Demonstration Farm, McDonalds Flagship Farm and the current host of AHDB SPoT Farm, Andrew welcomes various groups of people to the Estate throughout the year.

Andrew will be delivering an abstractor case study in the afternoon session of the conference.


Mark Morton

Senior Hydrogeologist, Yorkshire Water

Mark is a Senior Hydrogeologist at Yorkshire Water. He has been a professional hydrogeologist for 27 years (!) and has worked as both a resource hydrogeologist and contaminant hydrogeologist dealing with regulation of abstraction licences, landfills, contaminated land and environmental impact at a local and regional scale. Mark has also worked nationally developing and writing policy for groundwater management and protection and interfacing with government.

More recently he has been managing the public water supply groundwater assets at Yorkshire Water. Mark ensures the assets are monitored, assessed, invested in and problems solved as they arise. Yorkshire Water also works with a wide range of third parties to protect and manage the catchments for their sources.

Mark will be delivering an abstractor case study in the afternoon session of the conference.


Joe Watson

Bottled Water Consultant, Montgomery Waters

Joe has worked in the bottled water sector for 35 years. In his first role with Wells Soft Drinks as Head of Technical Services, he had responsibility for the Church Stretton bottled water plant, followed by the location and development of the Armathwaite site, where the Aqua Pura brand was produced. After 15 years he undertook a contract with the Egyptian Groundwater Association to facilitate the rehabilitation of the Bahariyra Oasis with the production of bottled water. For the last 18 years, Joe has worked in the Montgomery Spring Water Company to develop a bottled water business, from initially one source, to the present twenty four sources. Currently Joe works as a consultant specialising in start-up/small bottled water production, and he is also a member of the National Hydration Council’s technical committee.

Joe will be delivering an abstractor case study in the afternoon session of the conference.