James has 10 years’ experience working as an environmental engineer and engineering consultant. He has worked on a diverse range of waterway and catchment management projects, ranging from engineering design of river and watercourse diversions to the development of strategies for river restoration. He has strong skills in the areas of engineering design, hydraulic modelling, hydrologic modelling, erosion remediation works (including streambank stabilisation and gully rehabilitation works), stream and diversion geomorphic condition monitoring and impact assessment.

James’ most recent and significant environmental restoration project was of a 4 hectare eroding alluvial gully adjacent to the Bowen River near Collinsville, Queensland. This gully was losing and contributing approximately 1,000 tonnes of fine sediment to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon per annum. In 2019 James undertook concept and detail designs of remediation works for the site and presented the designs to key stakeholders. He also managed the project during through the design phase, construction tendering and tender evaluation, the engagement of the earthworks and revegetation contractors, and finally the execution of the approved design to completion and sign-off. The project was delivered on time, on budget and to a high level of quality, to the praise of the client and the landholder.