Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships and Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency

Peter Lauener

Biography

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. He is also Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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, Institute for Apprenticeships

The Chief Executive leads the institute’s work on improving the quality of apprenticeship standards, advising government on pricing of these standards and driving quality across the apprenticeship system.

The institute is a crown, non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education.

Chief Executive, Education and Skills Funding Agency

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 and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education that is accountable for funding education and training for children, young people and adults. The Chief Executive is also Accounting Officer for the ESFA’s budget and is accountable to the Department for Education’s Principal Accounting Officer, and to Parliament for the stewardship of these funds.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency

    • 2014 to 2017
  2. Chief Executive, EFA

    • 2012 to 2017