Lord Kerslake is to chair an independent review into Greater Manchester’s preparedness and response to the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena.
The attack on 22 May claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 250. Announcing the review Greater Manchester CA mayor Andy Burnham said the city had shown “great strength and unity” but it was important to look at what lessons could be learned for the future.
He said: “The bravery and professionalism shown by the emergency services and many others that night was outstanding. The leaders of our public services had run planning exercises only weeks before the attack and, thanks to their actions, our city was ready to respond.
“But, as with any major incident, it is right to take an honest look at what happened so that the right lessons can be learned for the future and this review will help us be even better prepared in the future and allow us to share our learning with other parts of the country.”
Lord Kerslake, a former head of the Civil Service and permanent secretary at the Department for Communities & Local Government, is currently chair of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust and of the Centre for Public Scrutiny.
He said: “I want the families of those who have died, those who were injured, the emergency services, and the wider public to be confident that the review will be independent, transparent and rigorous. I am committed to working with all the relevant people and organisations to ensure this is the case.”
The review is expected to get underway in September 2017 once individual organisations have carried out their own reviews and debriefs.
Baroness Beverley Hughes, deputy mayor for policing and crime, will lead the review on behalf of the mayor, and it will be supported by the National College of Policing and the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum.