Press release

Partnerships for Schools Board member appointments extended until closure

Education Secretary Michael Gove has extended the appointments for three Board Members of the Government’s delivery agency, Partnerships for Schools.

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Education Secretary Michael Gove has extended the appointments for three Board Members of the Government’s delivery agency, Partnerships for Schools (PfS).

Richard Baldwin, Stella Earnshaw and Brian Rigby will serve on the Board from now until PfS closes and becomes part of the new Government Executive Agency - the Education Funding Agency. They will serve until 31st July 2012 to allow for liquidation to take place. Erica Pienaar will remain as the fourth Board Member, for the same period of time.

Richard Baldwin has also taken over from Mike Grabiner as Chair of the Board of Directors this month.

Richard Baldwin was first appointed as a PfS Board member in January 2005, and was reappointed in January 2008 for a further three years. Richard has a strong background in the private sector including the construction industry. He was previously a non-voting member of the BSFI Investment Committee. More recently, Richard chairs a national Centre for Innovation in Health and Social Care and is a Visiting Professor to the Centre for Research and Innovation (Construction and Property Management) at the University of Salford.

Stella Earnshaw is the Chair of the PfS Audit Committee. Stella was originally appointed to the PfS Board in 2005, and her appointment has now been extended three times. Stella has held various board positions in the public and private sector, Stella is also Vice Chair of the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Brian Rigby was first appointed to the PfS Board in 2005. His appointment has been extended three times. Brian is a Visiting Fellow of Warwick Business School. He has previously been the Director of the Procurement Group for HM Treasury and enjoyed a long career in senior management with BT.

Erica Pienaar was first appointed to the PfS Board in 2010, to serve until 2013. Erica’s term of office will now run until PfS is liquidated. Erica Pienaar is the executive head teacher of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools. She began her career as a science teacher in 1973 and has taught for 36 years in South East London. Erica is also a National Leader of Education (NLE), a Non-Executive Director at James Allen’s Girls School, and a Freeman of the Company of Educators.

Notes for editors

The appointment extensions were agreed in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and were made on merit: political activity played no part in the decision-making process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations and the code of practice, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared), and other information, to be made public.

Name  Term of office Political activity declared Remuneration  Other public appointments
Richard Baldwin 

7 Months

7 years in total

None £20,000 per year, based on 2-3 days per month None
Stella Earnshaw

7 Months

7 years in total

None  £10,000 per year, based on 2-3 days per month None
Brian Rigby

7 months

7 years in total

Chairman of Shipton-Under-Wychwood branch of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association £10,000 per year, based on 2-3 days per month None
Erica Pienaar

(no renewal required)

3 years in total

None  £10,000 per year, based on 2-3 days per month None

Partnerships for Schools delivers DfE capital programmes, mainly involving construction of schools and maintenance of estate.

Partnerships for Schools will close on 31st March 2012 and its delivery functions will transfer to the new Education Funding Agency (EFA). PfS will continue to exist as a company and public body until the company is formally liquidated. PfS Board members have been appointed until 31st July 2012 to allow for liquidation to take place.

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Published 23 January 2012