We talk too little about the transformative power of grief . And how a new style of leadership might help us heal.
The 21st July 2022 was the final day of evidentiary hearings at the Grenfell Inquiry. Attending that hearing changed me. I’ve struggled over the last months to articulate this and am only beginning to understand and confront the implications of what I heard.
The role of civil servants before the Grenfell Tower fire is important because it highlights deficiencies within the highest levels of the civil service. MHCLG civil servants seem to have responded to ministerial pressures by degrading their working practices until they became unrecognisable to those who worked in government 20 or 30 years ago.
Someone I spoke with today spent nearly 5 years in a Fire Service but took 15 years to get over it. She told me that the actions of her colleagues… Read more The LFB Review of Culture: A quick blog… →
Background Systemic failings in governance, accountability and the role of political agendas are integral to understanding the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Given the extraordinary evidence we have seen in the Grenfell… Read more Grenfell: Governance, Accountability and Political Agendas →
Making the water visible: A methodology.
Crisis response journal article
The Bronx fire raises challenging questions about our approach to fire safety post Grenfell.
I recently published an article: Systemic Change in Complex Times in the Crisis Response Journal. For more information about the journal and how to subscribe, follow this link.
Despite the many post-Grenfell promises we continue to see terrible examples of a failure to engage effectively with residents. This blog explores the difference between consultations, collaboration and co-design and suggests that moving away from tick-box consultations may help restore trust.
Watch the BBC Newsnight documentary Grenfell: The 21st Floor.
A timeline of the first 35 minutes of the Grenfell Tower Fire.
Transcript of Prof Torero speech – the real lesson of Grenfell. Accountability, complexity
Summary of the expert evidence heard at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in November 2018.
Submission to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry re including the thinking and learning from Major Accidents
The first submission I made to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Arguing for including the thinking of Major Accidents in understanding what happened at Grenfell.