Peter Lauener to become new chair of NCG

The former chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency will be taking up his post on 1 March, it has been announced

Julia Belgutay

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Former Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) chief executive Peter Lauener will take up a new post as chair of NCG – one of the country's largest college groups.

Mr Lauener, who is currently also interim chief executive of the Student Loans Company, stepped down from his post at the ESFA in November, having been chief executive of both the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) before the two organisations merged. 

Last year, he also helped set up the Institute for Apprenticeships as its first chief executive – and he is an official delegate for Worldskills. 

Mr Lauener said he was looking forward to taking up this new role getting to know the different colleges and organisations in the group.

'Nothing more important'

“There is nothing more important than developing the skills of all our people and NCG has a critical role in supporting learners, businesses and communities,” he said. 

Joe Docherty, NCG chief executive, said Mr Lauener had played a leading role in the shaping of education and training in the UK "for some years now".

“He has steered a course for the SFA and the EFA through a period of great political and economic change, and consequently made a positive impact on the education and training of people across the country," he added. "Peter’s insight and experience across the top of tiers of the education industry will be hugely valuable to NCG as we continue to grow and develop our offering. NCG works with thousands of learners, employers and apprentices every year and having an expert team at the helm is very important.”

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Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay is head of FE at Tes

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