Special Session – June 2021

ADN’s Special Session – Reducing Deaths and Injuries from Residential Fire through Human Perspectives

This page contains the Description, Timetable, Recording and Speakers’ Biographies for the Special Session on Reducing Deaths and Injuries from Residential Fire through Human Perspectives.


The Special Session, titled: Reducing Deaths and Injuries from Residential Fire through Human Perspectives aims to raise awareness on residential fire. It will will be held virtually on 16 June 2021 at 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM GMT+1. It is organised by the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) in collaboration with SharedAim. Mr David Wales from Shared Aim will be chairing the Special Session.

This Special Session is an open event. ADN’s Special Sessions are suitable for disaster responders, students, academics, researchers, policymakers, opinion formers, and practitioners interested in avoidable deaths, UN’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Goal A and B, and the Sustainable Development Goals.



Session Title


10:45 – 11:00

Conference digital platform login on Zoom & Gathering of panelists/speakers

11:00 – 11:05

Welcome speech and Housekeeping

Mr David Wales

11:05 – 11:15

Introduction to the ADN & Poll

Dr Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett

11:15 – 11:35

Systemic Change: On Myths and Disruption

Gill Kernick

11:35 – 11:55

High-Rise Residential Building (HRRB) Evacuation Fact check

Mr Phil Murphy

11:55 – 12:15

A Person-Centred Approach to Fire Safety

Dr Christian Morgner

12:15 – 12:35

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Moderated by Mr David Wales

12:35 – 12:40



12:40 – 12:45

Closing of Ceremony

Mr David Wales and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita

Recording of the Special Session

The ADN’s Special Session held on June 2021 is now available online for wider viewing on ADN’s YouTube channel.

Speakers’ Biographies

Gill Kernick is a master consultant with JMJ Associates, partnering organisations in high hazard industries to develop the leadership and culture needed to prevent accidents. Her book ‘Catastrophe and Systemic Change’ brings together her personal and professional lives. Gill lived on the 21st floor of Grenfell from 2011 to 2014 and seven of her former neighbours died in the fire. Campaigning for change, in 2020 she was voted as one of the top 25 most influential people in Health and Safety in the UK. She hosts a blog ‘The Grenfell Enquirer’, speaks and writes to promote authentic debate and enquiry.  

Mr Phil Murphy encapsulates an unusual combination of work & life experience that give him a fairly unique, holistic, and highly specialised perspective on residential high-rise building safety. He has lived in three different high-rise blocks, is a former GMFRS Firefighter & Fire Officer, is a High-Rise Residential Building Fire Safety Management advisor, a high-rise fire safety researcher, and a tireless housing safety campaigner.

Dr Christian Morgner is ADN’s Regional Coordinator in the UK. His research interests include intercultural competence, social justice and diversity and inclusivity. He is currently a Lecturer in Culture and Communication at the University of Leicester but will join the University of Sheffield as a senior lecturer in June 2021. He has previously held positions and visiting fellowships at the University of Cambridge, Yale University, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo) and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He has also worked with various public sector organisations to address issues of diversity and inclusivity, including the development of training packages for the Lakeside Gallery in Nottingham and the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. International collaborations include a project on cultural inclusion with the UN Innovation Network and European Commission’s Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre.