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Arup fire safety leader to be Grenfell expert witness

Grenfell Tower

Arup’s leader of fire safety engineering, Dr Barbara Lane, is to be one of the expert witnesses in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

The inquiry into the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, in the early hours of of 14 June 2017, is to be split into two phases, which will run in parallel.

The first will examine what actually happened in the early hours of the morning when the fire broke out. The second phase will look at the refurbishment and how the building was exposed to such a fire risk.

The other expert witnesses are:

  • Colin Todd, fire safety consultant, CS Todd & Associates
  • Professor Edwin Galea, professor of mathematical modelling, director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group, University of Greenwich
  • Professor José L. Torero, chair and director of the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Maryland, USA
  • Professor Luke Bisby, professor of fire and structures and head of Research Institute, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, director of research at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee
  • Steve McGuirk, former chief fire officer for Greater Manchester, Cheshire and South Yorkshire, former President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, board member and fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and former lead adviser to the Local Government Association



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