About David Banks

Dave Banks

Dave Banks is a geoenvironmental consultant. His main spheres of activity are in the fields of:

Dave is trained as a hydrogeologist and has qualified as a Chartered Geologist.

He now has around 30 years professional experience from all sectors: consultancy, research, public service and academia.

His hydrogeological experience is backed up by a solid grounding in physics, mathematics and chemistry.


Key Skills


Professional Societies

Dave is a member of the following professional societies:


International Experience and Languages

Dave has a client base in the United Kingdom, but has also worked extensively throughout the globe. He has working experience from:

An irrigation well in an orange grove, near Tolo, Greece (photo: D Banks)


Dave was educated as Collyer's School (subsequently Collyer's Sixth Form College) in Horsham, Sussex, where he gained an A-level in Physics and S-levels in Mathematics and Chemistry.

He was subsequently admitted to Robinson College at the University of Cambridge to study for a BA in Natural Sciences. Within the Natural Sciences tripos, Dave specialised in geological sciences, but maintained a solid grounding in maths, physics and chemistry as subsidiary subjects. He attended various geology field trips in Britain and a geophysics field-course in Greece (in conjunction with students from Thessaloniki University). In his final year, he carried out a structural geological mapping project along the north Cornish Coast near Padstow.

Subsequently, Dave studied for an MSc in Hydrogeology on Professor John Lloyd's course at the University of Birmingham, which covered various aspects of groundwater flow and engineering, geophysics, hydrometry, computing (FORTRAN 77), investigation techniques and economics. Dave's dissertation work, which was eventually awarded the University's Cecil Barber Prize, comprised a hydrogeological investigation of a waste disposal site operated by Pioneer Aggregates at Ware, Herts. This involved sample collection, shaker and column tests to establish cation exchange capacity of various potential landfill liner materials and application of a self-written Fortran program to simulate landfill leachate migration through a liner.



1985 to 1989: Assistant hydrogeologist (9/85 to 6/88) and hydrogeologist (6/88 to 11/89) with the Water Resources Group at Thames Water Authority in Reading (which later became the National Rivers Authority). Abundant practical experience of pumping tests, geophysical and CCTV logging, Chalk karst, customer liaison and the London "soggy cellar syndrome". Department representative on the Thames Water "WaterAid" committee

1989 to 1993: Researcher (Forsker) in hydrogeology, Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), Trondheim, Norway. Experience of drilling and test pumping in hard rock terrain and superficial drift deposits, georadar, conducted the hydrogeological portion of the feasibility study for Norway's (now operational) repository for low- and medium-active radioactive waste.

1994: Hydrogeologist, Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners, Chesterfield, UK. Design of monitoring systems for airports. Contaminated land investigations.

1994-1995: Lecturer in Hydrogeology, University of Sheffield, also retained consultant: Scott Wilson CDM, Chesterfield.

1995-1996: Independent consultant in Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry, Chesterfield, UK

1996-1998: Section Leader for Geochemistry and Hydrogeology, Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway. Conducted national mapping of inorganic quality of groundwater. Investigation of former Soviet military bases in Latvia.

1998 - April 2018: Independent provider (sole trader), David Banks Geoenvironmental Services, based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Trading as "Holymoor Consultancy", from 1/8/1998 to 30/11/2008.

2006 - 2008: Senior Research Associate in Thermogeology, HERO Group, Sir Joseph Swan Institute, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2009 - April 2011: Senior Research Associate in Ground Source Heating and Cooling, HERO Group, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Trainer on the European GEOTRAINET training and accreditation programme in the field of ground source heating and cooling

2012 - ongoing:Senior Research Fellow, School of Engineering, Systems Power & Energy, University of Glasgow. Largely employed on the European LoCAL project, developing pilot sites for extraction of heat from coal mine water. Also involved in the EU , SHEER and DESTRESS projects.

2008 - ongoing: Director of Holymoor Consultancy Ltd., Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK


Humanitarian Aid

From 1997 to the present day, Dave has made his services available to the emergency roster of Kirken's Nødhjelp (Norwegian Church Aid, NCA). This roster, with associated packages of water supply and sanitation equipment, was funded by the Norwegian Government. Dave has carried out the following WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) missions in this context:



Dave enjoys theatre and has formerly been an active member and Administrative Director of Progress Theatre, Reading. He was involved in numerous productions as a stage manager, sound operator and actor, including Vanbrugh's "The Provoked Wife", Brecht's "Mother Courage", "Macbeth", David Hare's "Knuckle", Alan Bennett's "Kafka's Dick", Witold Gombrowicz's "Princess Ivona" and Shaw's "Arms and The Man".

He is currently a member of Hasland Theatre in Chesterfield. He has appeared as Gerald in "An Inspector Calls", Perry in "Waiting in the Wings", an airman in "'Allo, Allo", Freddy in "Noises Off", Theseus in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Dale Harding in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Mr Lowther in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", M. Paillardin in "Hotel Paradiso", Minimus the Pig Poet in "Animal Farm", Anthony Kirby (Snr.) in "You Can't Take It With You", Luke Parsons in "Jerusalem", assorted pierrot roles in "Oh, What a Lovely War!", Harry Dangle in "One Man, Two Guv'nors" and Alistair in "Way Upstream". He has also directed "The Government Inspector" by Nikaloi Gogol, "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekhov and "A Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht at Hasland Theatre.

Dave is a prolific songwriter, having taken part in writing retreats with Chris Difford and Kathryn Williams at Arvon's Totleigh Barton centre and in the recent Glasgow Songwriting Festival. He has represented slightly less than one half of the notorious lo-fi, shock-folk duo, The Sedatives, who have released two albums - Seduction (2015) and Sedition (2016).

He now sings and plays guitar in the five-member tweed-pop duo, Me and Mr Jones, who have recently released their debut album Skyscraper Eyes (2016), and in the duo Poke O'Swedgers.


Holymoor Consultancy Ltd.
Registered as a limited company from 12/11/2008
Company registration number 06747725
Registered office: 360 Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 4BW, UK.

David Banks was also registered until 5th April 2018 with the Inland Revenue/MHRC as a self-employed sole trader, to provide geoenvironmental teaching, research and humanitarian aid services only.