Grenfell Tower Inquiry

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  2. Leeds housing association boss joins Grenfell panel

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    The boss of a housing association in West Yorkshire which supports black, Asian and minority ethnic communities has been appointed as the third member of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry panel.

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    Ali Akbor, chief executive of Leeds-based Unity Homes and Enterprise, will sit at hearings from 2 November, the Cabinet Office has confirmed.

    On its website, Unity is described as a "modern, successful and visionary organisation that understands and represents the needs of all tenants of all ethnic backgrounds".

    Last year, Mr Akbor was made an OBE for services to the community in Leeds.

    The hearings into the Grenfell tragedy, which killed 72 people in June 2017, have been without a third expert since January, when an engineer resigned over links to the firm which manufactured the block's flammable cladding.

    Confirming Mr Akbor's appointment, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "He will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, as well as a crucial understanding of the issues at the heart of Phase 2 and an unwavering commitment to improving people's lives."

    Mr Akbor will sit on the inquiry panel alongside chairman, Sir Martin Moore Bick, and architect Thouria Istephan.

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  6. Grenfell files 'lost forever' after being 'wiped from laptop and server'

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    Image caption: Daniel Anketell-Jones worked for cladding specialists Harley Facades

    Some emails, documents and design drawings relating to the Grenfell Tower refurbishment appear to have been lost forever after being wiped from a laptop, the inquiry into the fire has heard.

    Design manager Daniel Anketell-Jones, who worked for cladding specialists Harley Facades until March 2016, told the hearing he erased his work computer of all files when he kept the device when he left the firm.

    The electrical and mechanical engineering graduate told the inquiry he made the "assumption" his work would remain on the Harley Facades server, which it did not, and denied a claim he arranged for his email file to be deleted from the firm's internal systems.

    "I believed everything would be kept on the company server because all the laptops just attached into the server and all the emails were retained on there," he said.

    Ray Bailey, managing director of cladding subcontractor Harley Facades
    Image caption: Ray Bailey, managing director of cladding subcontractor Harley Facades, gave evidence to the inquiry

    In his witness statement, Harley managing director Ray Bailey said he believed every Harley employee who worked on the revamp was able to pass on emails in the days following the June 2017 fire - except Mr Anketell-Jones, who he said had arranged to have his email file removed from its systems.

    Asked about this by inquiry lawyer Kate Grange QC, Mr Anketell-Jones said: "I don't know what he means by that.

    "I didn't arrange for that to happen. I don't think I would have the authority or the security to do that."

    Mr Anketell-Jones, who worked for Harley for almost nine years, told the inquiry: "The material that was deleted would have related to all Harley projects I had worked on during my time at the company including the Grenfell Tower refurbishment project.

    "This would have included emails, documents, design drawings, calculations."

    He added: "Most of the information on the laptop would probably have related to 10 Trinity Square as I spent a lot of time working from site where access to the server wasn't as easy, so I would have kept offline files on the laptop for easy access.

    "I doubt there would have been any files relating to Grenfell as these would have been on the server."

    The inquiry continues.