Sir Derek Myers Quits Shelter

Two Shelter board members quit after Grenfell Tower fire

Chairman Sir Derek Myers and trustee Tony Rice resign amid internal disquiet over charity’s response to disaster

Two board members of the housing charity Shelter, including its chairman Sir Derek Myers, have resigned amid reports of internal disquiet over the organisation’s allegedly muted response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

Myers is a former chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, which owns Grenfell Tower, while trustee Tony Rice is chairman of Xerxes Equity, the sole shareholder in Omnis Exteriors – the company that sold the cladding used in the tower.

On Friday afternoon, Shelter confirmed the pair had resigned from the board but offered no reasons for their departure.

A statement from Shelter’s interim chief executive, Graeme Brown, said: “Tony Rice has resigned as a trustee of Shelter and the chair of the board of trustees, Sir Derek Myers, has also resigned. The role of trustee is entirely voluntary and unpaid, and we wish them the best for the future.”

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6 thoughts on “Sir Derek Myers Quits Shelter

  1. “The role of trustee is entirely voluntary and unpaid”, that makes it ok then, I wonder if it has any thing to do with the MET police who are considering corporate manslaughter charges.

    How unfortunate is it that both the trustees are unpaid, but coincidentally one happens to be the contractor.

    The wheels on the bus go round and round!

    Nod Nod wink 😉.


  2. It will be interesting to see if the period when Derek Myers was CE of Kensington and Chelsea comes within the terms of reference for any forthcoming investigation into the Grenfell disaster.

    I think it should, let the public see how this well paid individual discharged his responsibility for public safety, he came to Rotherham with an arrogance typical of the type that think that they walk on water.


  3. When the sh-t is going to hit the fan walk away,
    Just like Sir Derek has done here he also did with Rotherham.
    What did he do again during overseeing the running of Rotherham council?
    I can’t think of anything substantial.
    Head and sand also come to mind.


    • Debz,
      As I am sure you know, the current (until earlier this week) CEO of Kensington & Chelsea was removed this week.

      I personally have a lot of time for Derek Myers, but I think he was right to step down as a Trustee of Shelter, … Shelter has hardly been at the forefront on this issue, perhaps now it will be more aggressive, It certainly needs to be.

      To say that “The tenants took over the management of the properties in 1996 ” is at best naive. An ALMO (KCTMO) did take over with, tenant representatives – but KCC continued to control the funding etc.

      The planning for the refurbishment of those apartments predates Myers leaving as CEO of KCC. Any Enquiry must cover his time there.


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