Director, Further Education, ESFA

Kirsty Evans


Kirsty Evans has been an ESFA Associate Director since April 2018.

Prior to that, Kirsty worked as Deputy Director Funding Policy Implementation for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), having previously held roles as Director of Funding Policy, Director of Area Relationships, and Regional Skills Director.

Her previous roles include local and national roles in the Learning and Skills Council, working on strategy development, business planning and service development across the 14 to 19, adult and employer skills agendas. Before this Kirsty worked for Oldham Chamber and Merseyside Training and Enterprise Council.

Director, Further Education, ESFA

The Director, Further Education is responsible for:

  • the full range of intervention strategies - implementing a range of early and formal intervention strategies to prevent or remedy institutions’ poor performance in finance, quality or governance
  • supporting implementation of area reviews and other recommendations for structural change to improve the financial sustainability and quality of FE sector colleges
  • funding sixth forms, colleges and training providers to educate 16 to 19-year-olds and those with high needs to age 24, as well as providing bursaries to disadvantaged young people
  • funding and performance managing providers for delivery of the adult education budget, non-levy apprenticeships budget, and European Social Fund

Education and Skills Funding Agency

Previous roles in government

  1. Director, Apprenticeships, ESFA
  2. Associate Director, Adult Funding Operations, ESFA
  3. Director, Funding and Programmes, ESFA