The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators

  • The Walbrook Warden

    Mark Lane MA (Cantab), FRSA has been a Liveryman of the Company since 2009 and was appointed Walbrook Warden on 1st July 2016.

    Mark was educated at Cranleigh College and at Trinity College Cambridge where he studed History and Law.  

    Having qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1975, after working in Bahrain for nearly 4 years and Hong Kong for 1 year, Mark spent the greater part of his professional career with the international law firm Pinsent Masons where he was a Partner in the firm for 25 years.

    Mark's work focused on infrastructure projects and process engineering projects, many of which were overseas.  This included working on the rebuilding of the sarcophagus over the exploded nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, and extensive work in West Africa including Ghana and Nigeria.    

    Mark set up the Water Group at Pinsent Masons in 1995 and remained the Head of the Water Group until his retirement as a partner from the firm in 2013.  In this capacity he advised on water, wastewater and desalination projects in many parts of the world (particularly the Middle East), as well as regulatory issues and the introduction of new water-related technologies.

    During his time as a Partner at Pinsent Masons, Mark instigated the Wet Networks - an ongoing series of events that allow interesting young companies in the water technology space who are looking for funding, to pitch to an audience of funders and other interested parties in the water space.  These events started almost 10 years ago, and the 29th event in the ongoing series was held in June 2016.

    From 2012 to 2015, Mark was Chairman of British Water.

    From 2012 to date, Mark has been the Chair of UKTI Environment and Water Advisory Group.  

    In 2013 Mark was asked by the then Government Chief Scentist, Sir John Beddington to Chair 26 experts in the writing of on UK water technology.   This report was entitled "Tapping the Potential: A Fresh Vision for UK Water Technology".  It was published in 2014, and launched in the House of Commons and the City.

    The Report led to the foundation The UK Water Partnership, of which Mark was a promoter and is the founding Director.  The UK Water Partnership exists to foster the development of new water technologies and to commercialise them.

    Mark works as a consultant to Pinsent Masons.   He is also the Principal of his own company, Mark Lane Water Consultancy which offers strategic consultancy in the water technology space.  

    Mark is married to Judy West and they have two children, a daughter and a son.   Mark enjoys spending time with his family including three grandcildren, as well as gardening, playing tennis, real tennis and running.  





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