05 November 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Dame Judith Hackitt was named as government adviser on the new Building Safety Regulator last week. She will provide independent advice to the government on how best to establish the new body.
The appointment follows Dame Judith's Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, in which the government committed to take forward all of her recommendations and form a new national Building Safety Regulator.
The regulator will oversee the design and management of buildings, with a strong focus on ensuring the new regime for higher-risk buildings is enforced effectively. It will also have the power to apply criminal sanctions to building owners who do not obey the new regime.
The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, said: "[Dame Judith's] expertise will be essential to forming a strong Regulator with teeth to ensure all residents are safe, and feel safe, in their homes both now and in the future."
Dame Judith Hackitt led the government's review into building safety following the tragic Grenfell fire which claimed 72 lives. The inquiry into the fire published its long-awaited report last week.