The Chief Executive of Leeds-based housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise has been appointed to serve as a member of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel.
Ali Akbor has led Unity since January 1999 and was awarded the OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to the community in Leeds.
He said: “I have been privileged to work with Unity colleagues and partners for more than two decades to deliver high quality affordable homes and other essential services to those in greatest need.
“We have radically improved the quality of life for thousands of people. This is a source of great pride to me and I know that this wonderful work will go on.
“The future of the association and its customers will be in excellent hands.”
Unity Chair Shruti Bhargava said: “We are sorry to be losing Ali but proud that he has been chosen to join the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel.
“He is a person of the highest levels of integrity, decency and authenticity.
“He is regarded as a role model for staff at all levels of Unity and across the diverse communities we serve.
“We are thankful for everything Ali has done to help so many people and wish him well for the future.”