Lewisham Council’s chief executive has resigned to take a position at Kensington and Chelsea to help with the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Barry Quirk originally moved to Kensington and Chelsea Council on June 23 to help stabilise their management following the tragic fire that caused at least 80 deaths.

At the time Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said it was just a “temporary arrangement” while a replacement chief officer for Kensington and Chelsea was appointed.

However today (September 11) Mr Quirk wrote to the Mayor indicating his intention to resign to take up the position permanently.

Sir Steve Bullock said: “Without Barry’s outstanding leadership, Lewisham would not be the growing, resilient and cohesive place it is now.

“Nor would the local authority be the same organisation - one with an outstanding set of officers who have the skills, knowledge and credibility to work with our local community to help make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn.

“Barry’s willingness to step in and assist in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster was commendable and I can think of no better person to help Kensington & Chelsea through this difficult period.

“I wish to extend sincere thanks to Barry on behalf of the members and staff of Lewisham Council, and most importantly on behalf of the residents of Lewisham.”