Karma Comes Around For Mark Anderson?
Before he joined East Kent Housing (EKH), Mark Anderson (pictured) former Director of Property, had according to his Linkedin page, seventeen jobs between 1985 and June 2016.
One of these seventeen jobs he held was Interim Executive Director of Assets & Regeneration for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), between Apr 2011 and Feb 2013.
In 2012 is when the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower begun, Mr Anderson was in the thick of the negotiations to bring on board the Architects – Studio E.
At the beginning of this month the Grenfell Enquiry part 2 began hearing evidence from Studio E. On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2020, the transcripts show Mark Anderson’s name was mentioned on twelve occasions over the 3 days.
In short the inquiry heard that Studio E (see page 17) – the architect for the building – manipulated its fees to avoid the contract being put out to open tender.
Studio E proposed to Mark Anderson, the director of assets and regeneration at the TMO, “a 50% deferment of all stage D fees to keep the total stage D fee below £174k”.
Studio E’s architect told the inquiry:
“I understood that this limit was the maximum contract value permissible under EU procurement regulations, above which KCTMO would have to follow a compliant procurement process in selecting consultants. Such a process might involve advertising and tendering the opportunity publicly or using consultants from an approved framework list.”
So in short, no tender occurred and no due diligence was done on Studio E. Had due diligence been done they would have discovered none of the Studio E architects had experience of over-cladding projects.
Moving on, Mr Anderson was Interim Regional Director of Property Services (South) for Circle Housing between Oct 2013 – Apr 2015. This is where Mark Anderson met Deborah Upton as she too was working at Circle Housing during this period, ( –
Issues regarding poor maintenance and overcharging at Circle Housing began to emerge via tenants as early as Feb 2014. Mr Anderson was responsible for maintenance and repairs. In Feb 2014 he informed the Wimbledon Times:
“We are working closely with our customers to identify, investigate and resolve any issues across the estate and consult with them on all associated costs.”
Further issues regarding maintenance, repairs and overcharging continued to emerge via tenants in June 2014, Sept 2014, Oct 2014 and Dec 2014. By April 2015, when Mr Anderson moved on, Circle Housing admitted contractors had been overcharging for repairs at its properties as part of a £220m contract.
In July 2016 Mark Anderson rocks up at EKH as Interim Director of Property, between July 2016 – Nov 2016. In Nov 2016 Mr Anderson is given the job of Director of Property at EKH with Deborah Upton’s blessing no doubt, as they had previously worked together at Circle.
We exclusively reported Mark Anderson had been sacked in June 2019. During his tenure at EKH according to the Tenant Health & Safety report, published in Sept 2019, more than 10,000 health and safety issues – nearly half of them fire safety issues – affecting tenants were identified and little to nothing was done about them during his time of employment at EKH.
How could we forget Mr Anderson was also partly responsible for the £1.5 million of overcharging by P & R – the former Gas Maintenance & Repair contractor – and the fact the four Councils who own EKH are now actively exploring litigation against P & R.
Mr Anderson has in just these three positions – set out above – been in part been responsible for allowing substantial overcharging to happening twice on his watch. And once to potentially flout the EU Procurement rules which may well have cost 72 lives.
The Inquiry, like the Police Investigation, will determine Mark Anderson’s fate.
The Shepwayvox Team
The Velvet Voices of Dissent
Hopefully, his past actions/inaction will catch up with him. Do readers of Shepway Vox believe Mark Anderson is suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect?
You may well be right doggerbank but there must also be a little bit of the “ Upton failure to govern, facilitation of fraud and bring in the puppets that have made a career out of blowing smoke up her a#%e” effect