Building safety: independent expert advisory panel

Expert panel appointed to advise on immediate safety action following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The government appointed an expert panel to provide advice to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on immediate building safety measures following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The independent expert advisory panel, chaired by Sir Ken Knight, was established to recommend to the government any immediate action it thinks that the government should take that will improve public safety and help to identify buildings of concern.

The panel have a wealth of experience in fire and building safety, including testing processes, and are drawing in wider technical expertise as necessary to inform this advice.

The government is aware that councils and other building owners are also seeking clarification of actions they should take in relation to other buildings, those with materials other than Aluminium Composite Material. The expert panel will consider these issues after the systems tests are addressed.

The panel is chaired by Sir Ken Knight, former London Fire Commissioner and former Government Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser. Other core members of the panel are:

  • Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council

  • Ann Bentley MBA MICE FRICS, Global Director of Rider Levett Bucknall

  • Professor Colin Bailey FREng, President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London


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Published 11 December 2017
Last updated 18 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. The list of the core members of the expert panel has been updated.
  2. Added Independent Expert Advisory Panel’s statement on BS8414 test.
  3. First published.