Peter Lauener


Peter Lauener was appointed as SLC Chair on 1 April 2020. Peter brings to this role a wealth of experience in the education and skills sectors in executive and now in non-executive roles.

He was previously Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency until his retirement in November 2017 and in this role he was also a main Board member of the Department for Education. He also held the roles of interim Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships from September 2016 to October 2017, and interim Chief Executive of the Student Loans Company from November 2017 to October 2018.

Along with his work on the SLC Board, Peter currently holds a number of other non-Executive roles. He is Chair of the Construction Industry Training Board, originally set up under the Industry Training Act 1964 to administer a levy of employers in the three nations of England, Wales and Scotland to fund training in the construction industry. He is also the Chair of Orchard Hill College which is an independent special needs college based in Sutton, England and with a number of sites across London and the South East. This college is sponsor of a special needs academy trust with a number of academies in the same area.

Previous roles in government

  • Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency
  • Chief Executive, EFA