Company: Drinking Water Inspectorate
Job title: Chief inspector
Marcus Rink is the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, appointed in August 2015. He has worked in the Department of Environment, (DEFRA), in various roles for over 20 years. As Chief Inspector he provides independent scrutiny of the water industry ensuring the safety and quality of water and public confidence through a robust regulatory framework. His role encompasses a range of statutory and non-statutory functions, discharging the duties of the Secretary of State for England and the Welsh Government to ensure companies meet their regulatory requirements and Local Authorities take action in respect of water supplies. Since 2019 Marcus has published two peer reviewed journals with the Institute of Water on the principles and practice of delivering innovative regulation in drinking water. He is a contributing author in the book, Regulatory Delivery, Civil Justice Systems published by Bloomsbury Professional in Oct 2019, on regulating quality outputs through an approach based on the provision of data to drive behaviour. Through his recent career in drinking water regulation, Marcus was a member of: The EU expert group of the Drinking Water Directive; The Advisory EU Microbiology Expert Group; The International Network for Delivery of Regulation and the Chair of the Drinking Water Group and a member of the Environmental Water Group for Public Health England at the London 2012 Olympics. Marcus is currently the Chair of the Standing Committee of Analysts who provide independent methodology for water and environment. Marcus is a Chartered Biologist, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. His career in the Health Authority, Public Analysts, Severn Trent Water and at the Drinking Water Inspectorate spans over 35 years of Regulation and Enforcement, health, environment and water.