The Master

The Master

Mark Lane MA (Cantab), FRSA has been a Liveryman of the Company since 2009 and was appointed Master on 8th July 2019.  

After spells working as a solicitor in Bahrain and Hong Kong, Mark spent 25 years as a Partner at the City law firm Pinsent Masons.  Here he came to realise the fundamental importance of water, founding the firm’s Water Group in 1995.  Thereafter, he spent many years drafting and negotiating contracts for desalination plants and wastewater treatment plants, in various parts of the world particularly in the Middle East. 

Around 2005 he channeled his growing interest in new water technologies into founding Wet Networks, a ” Dragons Den ” for young companies in the water technology space who are looking for funding.   Wet Networks continue today and the 35th event in the ongoing series was held on the 4th July.   With three events a year, this means that the initiative is now 13 years old!

Mark was Chairman of British Water for three years from 2011 to 2013.

in 2013/14, Mark chaired a team who wrote a report for the Government Chief Scientist entitled ” Tapping the Potential – A Fresh Vision for the UK Water Technology Industry.” 

The publication of this Report led to the formation of The UK Water Partnership, of which Mark is a founding Director.  The UK Water Partnership is a partnership company between the Government and the private sector.  It exists to enable the research and development of new water technologies and to bring them through to commercialisation.

In his capacity as a Director of The UK Water Partnership, Mark was a catalyst in the formation of The UK Flood Partnership.

Since leaving Pinsent Masons , Mark has run his own consultancy company giving commercial and strategic advice to companies in the water space, particularly younger water technology companies.

Married to Judy, Mark’s interests include spending time with their four grandchildren, running, tennis, real tennis, and gardening, of which there is much to do in Dorset!