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Javid appoints Grenfell safety panel

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Ministers have set up an expert panel to advise on building safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The panel will be chaired by Sir Ken Knight, former London fire commissioner and former government chief fire and rescue adviser. It will also include representatives from the building industry.

While the planned public inquiry will investigate who was responsible for the disaster, the expert panel will identify any immediate action that is required to make all public and private buildings safe as quickly as possible.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said: “It’s absolutely right that there will be an independent public inquiry to get to the truth about what happened and who was responsible for the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The panel 

Sir Ken Knight (chair)

London Fire Commissioner and former government chief fire and rescue adviser

Peter Bonfield

Chief executive of the Building Research Establishment

Roy Wilsher

Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council

Amanda Clack

President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a partner at EY

“However, I want to know if there are measures we can put in place now to keep people safe and I want them done immediately. I want the public to be confident everything possible is being done.”

Sir Ken said: “I thank the secretary of state for appointing me to chair this panel and welcome the opportunity to work with other experts to ensure that our buildings are safe and that we take whatever steps are necessary to ensure such a dreadful incident never happens again.”

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