Peter Lauener was appointed Chief Executive and Accounting Officer when the Education Funding Agency (EFA) was formed in April 2012 and to the role of Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) in November 2014. Peter holds both roles concurrently and has separate accountability for each agency’s budget.
His previous roles include:
- Chief Executive, Young People’s Learning Agency
- Director, Local Transformation at the Department for Children, Schools and Families
- Director, Skills, Department for Education and Skills (DFES)
- Acting Director General, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DFES)
- Director, Qualifications and Young People’s Group (DFES)
Chief Executive, EFA
The chief executive is a member of the Department for Education Board and attends the Performance, Management and Audit and Risk Committees. They are responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of the Education Funding Agency (EFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education that funds education and manages capital programmes.
They are also an additional accounting officer for the EFA’s £54 billion annual budget and is accountable to the department’s Principal Accounting Officer, and to Parliament, for the stewardship of these funds.
Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency
The Chief Executive leads the SFA and takes responsibility for all paid staff, who run the authority on a day to day basis. The role is a full time appointment.
The SFA is an executive agency within the Department for Education. It funds skills training for further education (FE) in England, supporting over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers with more than £3.2 billion of funding each year.
Peter is also Accounting Officer for the SFA’s budget and is accountable to the Department for Education’s Principal Accounting Officer, and to Parliament for the stewardship of these funds.