BSc(Hons) Geology; Chartered Engineer (CEng); Chartered Geologist
(CGeol); Member, Institution of Materials Minerals & Mining (MIMMM); Fellow
of the Geological Society (FGS); Past Chairman & Fellow, Institution of Geologists;
Past Chairman, Midland Geotechnical Society. Member, Institution of
Mining Engineers (MIMinE) and Member, Institution of Mining & Metallurgy (MIMM) (now both merged in IoM3)
Principal Consultant to Johnson Poole & Bloomer and formerly Senior Partner of the firm. JPB is a leading specialist mining, geotechnical and environmental
consultancy based in Brierley Hill, West Midlands and in Glasgow,
Cardiff and Wells.
Professional interests and experience:
I have been concerned with a wide range of geological, geotechnical,
hydrogeological and environmental investigations, mine and mineral
appraisals, subsidence and ground settlement studies, and development of
computer systems. Expert advisor in litigation and expert witness at
numerous public inquiries, tribunals and legal cases concerning mining
and quarrying, tunnelling, subsidence, ground stability and property
damage cases. Particular interest in
geotechnical and minerals controls over regional planning and land use
zoning. Technical assessor in major planning inquiries for the
Department of the Environment and Welsh Office. Formerly Director of a computer
systems and consultancy company specialising in scientific, industrial
and technical computing and process control and of a
Spanish mining, geotechnical and reclamation consultancy.
I was a major contributor to the planning strategy /development framework for
the East Birmingham (Heartlands) Enterprise Area (1987/88). Director of
a survey of landfill sites over 7 provinces and subsequent report on the
design and management of landfill sites for the regional government of
Castilla y Leon, Spain (1988/89). Project leader and principal author of
the CIRIA report on the Engineering Implications of Rising Groundwater
in Birmingham (1991). Appointed as Technical Assessor assisting and
reporting to planning inspectors on matters of geology, hydrogeology and
mining at three major public inquiries: for the Department of the
Environment in connection with the UK Nirex proposal for an underground
Rock Characterisation Facility related to deep nuclear waste disposal at
Sellafield, Cumbria (1995/96) (I have posted a copy of my
report); and for the Welsh Office in connection with British
Coal's proposed Pwll Du Opencast Coal Site, Blaenavon (1990), and Tarmac
Waste company's proposed Hafod Claypit Landfill Site, Wrexham (1991).
My work with Johnson Poole & Bloomer has included
investigation of large quarry and open pit failures, design of remedial
schemes and quarry support rules. Development of computer programs for
geotechnical applications, including mining subsidence prediction.
Investigation of groundwater flows into large excavations, and
groundwater movement and water quality below and through large tip
sites. Appraisal of stability of underground partial-extraction
limestone, gypsum and salt mines, and the planning and supervision of
large scale bulk infilling of underground limestone mines. Settlement
studies of thick fill masses, especially backfilled open pit mines.
Directing and interpreting a wide range of ground investigations into
soil, rock and groundwater conditions in connection with civil
engineering, building and industrial developments and tunnelling
schemes. Ground treatment of abandoned mine workings and mine shafts.
Design and supervision of plugging of large diameter shafts. Studies of
spontaneous combustion. Geological surveys and economic appraisals for
coal, aggregates and other mineral prospects, the preparation of open
pit and quarrying schemes.
My early career was as a Geologist, (Scientific Officer/Planner) in the Minerals
Branch, Ministry of Housing and Local Government (later the Department of the
Environment and now DEFRA), dealing with planning and development of major and
contentious mining and quarrying projects throughout England;
the development of national and regional minerals policies; effects of New
town, motorway and other major surface developments on mineral
resources; and technical advice to Government planning inspectors. I had a period of
secondment to the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources assisting with the
establishment of the Geological Survey Minerals Assessment Unit and
Mineral Resources Unit.
- I am a magistrate (Justice of the Peace) on the Dudley & Halesowen Bench,
sitting as a chairman in the Adult Court and Family Proceedings Court. In fact I am currently Chairman of the whole Bench and was formerly Chairman of the local Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee,
which assists in the selection of new magistrates.
I am also an active Rotarian, a member and Past President of the
Rotary Club of Dudley.
It is a lively club with a long track record of outstanding
achievement, and leads to lots of good fellowship.
I enjoy pottering in the garden when I have the chance, and enjoying
a pint of beer in local pubs with my wife and friends.
My other interests include the dialect of the Lake District
(Cumbria), in particular the dialect
of the Furness area. I have transcribed the manuscript dialect
dictionary of William Barrow Kendall, a Furness Railway engineer and
amateur geologist, which he compiled in the mid 19th century.
I am Secretary of the Dudley
Book Society, founded in 1732 and believed to be the oldest
surviving book club in Britain, although today its activities are as
much social as literary.
I have been closely involved in the building of the
Venkateswara (Balaji) Hindu Temple at Tividale near Dudley. This
major project has created a temple in traditional South Indian style,
together with community facilities and supporting buildings, with the
support of devotees throughout England and beyond.