Head of the Grenfell Tower inquiry is accused of a conflict of interest after it emerges he helped certify cladding panels similar to those used on the ill-fated high-rise block : Daily Mail.

 

  • Sir Ken Knight was responsible for certifying cladding panels similar to Grenfell
  • Served as director for Warrington Certification for 13 years before Grenfell post
  • Fire chief certified dozens of building materials put forward by manufacturers

 

The head of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster has been accused of a conflict of interest.

It has emerged that Sir Ken Knight was responsible for certifying cladding panels similar to those installed on the doomed west London high-rise.

The government’s former fire chief served as a director for Warrington Certification for 13 years before taking up his new role as head of a Grenfell fire safety panel.

In his role at Warrington, Sir Ken certified dozens of building materials which were put forward by manufacturers, who paid to have their products tested.

According to The Times, he served as the Cheshire-based company’s ‘impartiality committee’.

Michael Smith wrote on Twitter: ‘This is ludicrous. He should have never have been appointed and to deny conflict of interest is pathetic.’

Ronnie King, a former chief fire officer, told the newspaper: ‘Anybody signing certificates of cladding and then chairing an independent expert panel made up of people involved in cladding has got to declare their interest and explain why they should be considered as independent.’

Sir Ken told The Times that the role was unpaid and involved approving the certification process as opposed to signing off specific products.

Sir Ken Knight was responsible for certifying cladding panels similar to those installed on the doomed west London high-rise

Sir Ken Knight was responsible for certifying cladding panels similar to those installed on the doomed west London high-rise.

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