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Grenfell Tower fire: Council chief executive joins on permanent basis to help disaster response

Dr Barry Quirk had joined on an interim measure from Lewisham Council, but has resigned from the south London borough to join the Royal borough

Interim chief executive at Kensington and Chelsea Council Barry Quirk is to continue in his role on a permanent basis.

Dr Quirk stepped into the position on a temporary basis following the Grenfell disaster, joining from Lewisham Council where he was chief executive.

On Monday (September 11) he tendered his resignation with the south London council, in a move he says will allow him to focus on the council’s ongoing response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Dr Quirk said: “There is no more urgent public service priority in London than helping the hundreds of families impacted by the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“To that end I have advised the leader of the council, Elizabeth Campbell, that I am very willing to continue as the council’s chief executive.

“I am pleased that she has agreed to my suggestion.”

Cllr Campbell responded: “Grenfell survivors have a long and difficult journey ahead as they start to rebuild their lives.

Dr Barry Quirk is now the permanent Kensington and Chelsea Council chief executive(Image: UGC TMS)

“I welcome the appointment of Barry Quirk as part of the Council’s commitment to support Grenfell survivors and the wider community of North Kensington.

“Barry brings a wealth of experience during this from his many years’ experience as chief executive at Lewisham Council.”

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