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. Peter has also since March 2018 been Chair of Newcastle College Group, a corporation in the Further Education sector comprising a group of seven colleges across England. 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.
In addition to these roles, Peter is also a non-Executive Director of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, one of a small number of specialist children’s trusts in the NHS, providing clinical and community services in Sheffield and the surrounding area.