John S. Cooper

Independent Consultant on Water, Wastewater and
Environmental Management

Telephone: 01530 223765 Mobile: 07790 939797 Email:

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78, Hensons Lane, Thringstone, Coalville,
Leicestershire, LE67 8LH,
United Kingdom.

Telephone :  +44 (0)1530 223765     Mobile :  +44 (0)7790 939797
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Personal Profile

A chartered scientist of wide experience within the water, wastewater, sewage and environmental management fields who for the last 44 years has acted as an independent consultant advising industrial and private clients, both within the UK and Europe, on all aspects of the water cycle and related environmental issues.  He has also acted as an Expert Witness in legal proceedings involving both criminal and civil cases and at public enquiries.

A dedicated, reliable and responsible professional possessing good communication and decision making skills.  A committed team player, although well able to work on his own initiative when required, displaying excellent analytical and problem solving skills and a flexible and adaptable approach to work.  Self-motivated with an open-minded disposition and a good sense of humour.


Chartered Scientist (CSci)
Chartered Chemist (CChem)
Chartered Water & Environmental Manager (CWEM)
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (FCIWEM)
Diploma of Water & Environmental Management (DipWEM)

General Skills

Office & Technical Staff Management
Good Investigative Abilities
Project Management
Good Analytical, Interpretative & Organisational Skills
Laboratory Management & Administration
Laboratory Operation & Control
Good Oral & Written Communication Skills
Good Interpersonal Skills
Writing & Presentation of Technical Reports
Preparation, Presentation & Delivery of Training Packages
Problem Solving
Writing of Operation & Maintenance Manuals
Computer Literate (MS Office & CAD Packages)

Specialist Skills

Process Engineering Design
Project Management
Project Evaluation & Feasibility Studies
Pilot Plant Investigations
Project Capital & Operating Cost Assessments
Contractor Negotiations/Selection
Preparation of Tender Documents & Specifications
Commissioning of New Plant & Equipment
Site Investigations & Audits
Environmental Impact & Risk Assessments
Water Abstraction & Treatment
Wastewater Treatment & Disposal
Waste Minimisation & Recycling
Regulatory Trade Effluent Control, Management & Administration
Sampling & Analysis of Trade Effluents
Trade Effluent Charging
Provision of Expert Technical Evidence in Criminal/Civil Proceedings and at Public Inquiries Technical & Scientific Research
Technical & Scientific Consultancy


Consultant on Water, Wastewater & Environmental Management
John S Cooper
1975 - Present

Head of Water & Effluent Advisory Department
EMBU Research & Service Company Limited.
1973 - 1975

Head of Effluent Section
Central Laboratory, Unigate Limited.
1965 - 1973

Main Drainage & Sewage Treatment Section,
Colchester Borough Council.
1963 - 1965

Assistant Chemist,
Birmingham Tame & Rea District Drainage Board
1954 - 1963


  Process design, operation and management of municipal & industrial wastewater treatment plants.
  Regulatory trade effluent control, management and administration.
  Sampling, analysis and monitoring of trade effluents.
  Use respirometric systems to determine the treatability of trade effluents.
  River pollution assessments and audits.
  Site suitability investigations.
  Design and management of surface and ground water abstraction schemes.
  Site suitability investigations.
  Research and development of biological and physicochemical wastewater treatment systems.
  Preparation of treatment plant control, operation and maintenance manuals.
  Treatment plant survey and performance investigations.
  Conditioning, dewatering and disposal of wastewater treatment plant sludges.
  Design of systems for the treatment, control and regulation of site storm water discharges.
  Project evaluation and feasibility studies.
  Environmental impact assessments.
  Handling and submission of planning consent/water abstraction licence applications.
  Preparation of tender documents and design/performance guarantee specifications.
  Contractor negotiations and selection.
  Project management and supervision.
  Commissioning of new plant and equipment.
  Environmental pollution control (EPC) and waste minimisation audits.
  Design of water, raw material, product and by-product recovery and re-use systems.
  Design of waste control/trade effluent sampling and monitoring installations.
  Waste management.
  Risk assessment and management.
  Site drainage surveys.
  Noise and odour nuisance prevention.
  Preparation, presentation and delivery of training packages.
  Negotiation of trade effluent consents/agreements with Water Undertakers/Environment Agency.
  Technical and financial assessment of trade effluent treatment and disposal options.
  Evaluation and specification of water and treated effluent quality standards.
  Interpretation of and compliance with statutory regulations and health and safety provisions.
  Preparation and presentation of expert evidence in legal proceeding and at public inquiries.


The Determination of Cyanide in Low Concentrations
(Joint Paper)
Air & Water Pollut. Int. J., Permagon Press, 1966, Vol.10., pp. 495-519.
Research & Development in Dairy Effluent Treatment Presented at IDF Seminar on Dairy Effluents, Denmark, 1973. IDF Document No.77, 1974, pp. 3 - 17.
Measurement & Sampling of Dairy Effluents Presented at IDF Seminar on Dairy Effluents, Poland, 1976. IDF Document No.104, 1978, pp. 105 -117.
Sludge Handling & Utilization in the United Kingdom Presented at IDF Seminar on Dairy Effluents, Poland, 1976, IDF Document No.104, 1978, pp. 235-242. Abridged Version - Milk Industry, 1977, Vol. 79, No. 9, pp.10-14.
Wastage Control in Dairies Presented to NIMMB Seminar on Dairy Effluents, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, March, 1978.


Sailing : Passed RYA ‘Offshore' and ‘Ocean' certificate examinations.
Scuba Diving : Trained with British SubAqua Club to Dive Leader proficiency.
General Science : Keeping up with recent developments in scientific research.
Reading : Fiction, non-fiction and technical literature.
Computing : Internet, Web Site Design, CAD.

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