Two independent co-chairs have been selected by the community representatives and will be the public face of the Commission. The co-chairs were announced on 13th February after being communicated to the local community in early February.
The Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission community representatives, set up to decide the future of the Grenfell Tower site, have chosen Thelma Stober and Michael Lockwood to co-chair the Commission.
Thelma Stober is Head of Legal and Company Secretary at the Local Government Association and survived the 7/7 London terror attacks. She sits on the Government's Victims' Panel advising on improving the criminal justice system for victims of crime, and is also a trustee for the London Emergencies Trust. She was selected to represent the United Kingdom at the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism by the United Nations at its headquarters in New York.
Michael Lockwood is Director-General of the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC). Prior to this, he was chief executive of the London Borough of Harrow Council. Michael was brought in by the Government immediately after the Grenfell Tower fire to lead on the recovery work and engagement with the bereaved, survivors and local community, and to head up the site management team.
The independent, community-led Commission is made up of representatives of the bereaved families, survivors of the fire, and local residents.
It will now begin its work to decide the most fitting and appropriate way to remember those who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy, and how the memorial site will be owned and managed in the long term.