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Grenfell Tower - One Year On

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One year on from the UK’s biggest peacetime loss of life in a fire for 140 years, I will be looking at what went wrong and the key events leading up to June 14 last year. I’ll also discuss what has happened since and what hopefully will follow so that we can avoid a similar catastrophe in future and set a standard around the world for building fire safety.

Dr Jonathan Evans (Churchill 1990) – an EIST graduate, Jonathan left Cambridge to work on a semiconductor power device manufacturing technology that he’d invented during his PhD. He has had an entrepreneurial career in engineering, largely in the construction sector involving private equity deals and novel product launches supported by numerous academic collaboration projects. His current business Ash and Lacy manufactures metal roofing and cladding systems, audio and aerospace components. Since the Grenfell tragedy, he has been a Government advisor on cladding technology and has briefed Lords, MPs and much of the media on various aspects of the fire as well as advising on policy guidance resulting from it. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and sits on various technical committees relating to high rise building safety as well as the IMechE Construction and Building Services Committee.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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