Joe Delaney, A Core Community Member in West London

Joe, life-long West London resident turned activist
A little about Joe - He has been a resident of the area all of his life and moved onto the Lancaster West Estate in March 2010.

Since then, he has worked with the Grenfell Action Group blog and individual residents to try to ensure that they were all treated fairly by the local council and its housing ALMO.

Joe, who previously worked full-time in IT, both in the public and private sectors, still uses his IT expertise to help various groups in the area such as the Pepper Pot Centre, as well as countless local people. Joe has also worked in various departments of local authorities in the London area including Ealing, Barnet, Westminster, and Brent, where he joined the insurance and risk management unit in 2007 for what was supposed to be a week-long temporary assignment that led to being appointed manager in 2010 and serving on the CIPFA Insurance Steering Group; offering advice, best practice guidance, and expertise to other local authorities. 

Using the knowledge gained during his time in local government in particular, has proven to be so effective for Joe when helping locals with problems they encountered in dealing with the authorities.

Since the Grenfell disaster, Joe has worked tirelessly to hold the local council to account and ensure that those affected by this disaster are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

But also with various volunteer groups who have assisted residents and ensured that local and central government have been forced to listen and respond in ways that have made a practical and positive difference to a devastated community. 

Joe now serves on the committee of the Lancaster West Residents’ Association and the Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee. In the past, he's collaborated with the GLA to assist in their proposed inquiry into the London-wide emergency response protocols (Gold Command), which were activated in the immediate aftermath of the fire because of the non-existent response from RBKC.

Well known in the community, with a reputation for a no nonsense attitude and an ability to get things done.

He has effectively utilised his existing skills and his position on the Scrutiny Committee to continue to help the local community on an individual and general basis. He has been granted Core Participant status in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry and has already provided a witness statement for Phase One and may also be called as a witness for Phase Two because of his previous work in the community. 

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