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Thursday, 27 July 2017


This is the composition of the Task Force to advise the Council. Apart from Chris Wood none seem to be terribly relevant or dynamic.
Javed Khan is the £100,000 plus charity boss of Barnado's

Aftab Chughtai
Aftab Chughtai is chair of the West Midlands Police Independent Advisory Group. Aftab also runs a department store in East Birmingham. He received an MBE honours in this year’s New Year Honours List, awarded in recognition of his Services to Business and Community Relations in Birmingham.
Javed Khan
Javed Khan is Chief Executive of Barnardo’s which runs 1000 services in local communities and is the fifth largest charity in the UK. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 150 year history.  Previously he was CEO at Victim Support and before that Executive Director to the London Serious Youth Violence Board in the Government Office for London. In 2007 he was London Borough of Harrow’s Director of Community and Cultural Services and Director of Education before that. Previously Javed was Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham. He started his career as a Teacher in the West Midlands, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Commissioner for England and a lay member on a London Clinical Commissioning Group.
Jane Scott OBE
Jane Scott has been Conservative Leader of Wiltshire Council since its formation as a unitary council in 2009. As the seventh largest unitary council in the country, Jane has led a major programme of transformation that has focused on building strong communities, protecting those who are most vulnerable and growing the local economy. The council is recognised nationally for its approach to working with communities across Wiltshire; empowering local decision making and service delivery.
Jane is chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the Military and Community Integration Programme, the Wiltshire Public Services Board and is a member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Economic Partnership.
Jane was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to local government. In August 2015, it was announced that Jane was to be created a life peer, giving her a seat in the House of Lords.
Chris Wood
Chris Wood is a partner at Altair housing consultancy. Chris has worked with numerous local authorities and a broad range of public and private sector housing organisations on strategic regeneration planning, asset management and capital programme delivery. Chris has been Director of Housing in three London boroughs and CEO of the London Borough of Newham, leading the borough’s contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games and the development of Stratford City. He was the architect of London’s largest estate-based regeneration scheme at Canning Town.


  1. Retired Chief Executive27 July 2017 at 10:57

    The grass is nearly always greener on the other side. In times of crisis the temptation is great to bring in outside whiz kids. But the funny thing is that the best answer almost always lies inside the community. On a subject like the Grenfell disaster the best qualified task force is scattered around the community in North Kensington.

    In the last few weeks Officers and Councillors have had the opportunity to meet many protesters in person, see them at meetings, and hear them on social media. A heaven sent recruitment opportunity. Some are wild, many unsuitable, and others with hidden agendas. But there is a core of solid, informed, able and well meaning residents who would willing to give their time and energy if invited into the tent.

    Cllr Campbell is supposed to be the Leader of the Council. She needs to understand that the old patronage arrangement in Hornton Street for the in crowd is finished. She needs to embrace the new way of doing things. The new way of recruiting talent. The new way of leading. Otherwise she will not be around for long.

  2. The guy makes a good point. Grenfell survivors know what it is all about. Outsiders need to waste time finding out.

    1. Absolutely. As was evident at the recent council meeting and Grenfell enquiry pre-meetings, there are those hysterical with grief and shock. A few others seek to make trouble. Meanwhile a majority of deeply concerned, informed residents are qualified and willing to help rebuild their community.

      Bringing in outsiders will fail firstly because they will be unable to believe how RBKC has abused its lower income residents. Answers can only come from the community. E Campbell is incapable of grasping the obvious. The KCTMO must be shut down now and housing services returned to Hornton St. Our 'foreign' new chief exec's first action seems to be to take his summer holiday. Disaster follows disaster. Campbell must go!

    2. He means local people like Eddie Daffern

  3. As Mr Javed Khan claims he is Pakistani he should pop back home and sort out the problems there

  4. Eleanor Kelly why,? The biggest social cleanser in London.. North Kensington say go, and no and go.

  5. It is nothing but cleverly arranged 'window dressing', to give the group some credibility (?) Indeed, they are nothing but a bunch of ineffective, inefficient lot, without proper grasp of the long standing problems in North Kensington. Viable community members should be 'recruited' to provide inside and historical knowledge, much needed in this very tragic case, as it goes back a long way.

  6. Chris Wood presided over the Newham shambles of their Park Police. Rebranded as Newham Community Constabulary, equipped with asps and other police gear from eBay. "Officers" would parade about the borough "arresting suspects". One kindly did so in the neighbouring borough of Barking. Thankfully after public outcry over bullying and god knows what else it got disbanded. What a joke.


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