Grenfell inquiry assessors named
THE THREE assessors will take part in inquiry proceedings, provide suggested lines of questioning, and offer assistance or advice ‘within their area of expertise’.
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) reported on the appointment of the three assessors to the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, with the three including Joe Montgomery, Joyce Redfearn and Professor David Nethercot. All three will take part in inquiry proceedings ‘as requested by the chairman’, and also provide ‘suggested lines of questioning for witnesses to counsel to the inquiry’.
They will also provide ‘assistance and advice on any other matter relevant to the inquiry within their area of expertise’. None will give evidence, nor asked questions or cross examined, with Mr Montgomery appointed to assist Sir Martin in ‘considering issues related to community engagement and the occupation and management of social housing’, specifically ‘arrangements made by the local authority for receiving and acting on information relevant to the risk of fire’ at Grenfell Tower.
Joyce Redfearn was appointed by Sir Martin to help identify ‘best practice among local authorities’ corresponding to ‘management of finances and the procurement of services relating to the design and construction of residential buildings’. She will also investigate ‘arrangements made’ by the local authority and tenant management organisation for ‘receiving and acting on information relevant to the risk of fire at Grenfell Tower’, and the response ‘in the days immediately following’ the fire.
Finally, Professor Nethercot was appointed to help Sir Martin on considering ‘technical issues relating to the design and construction of the building and its refurbishment’.