BREAKING: ESFA appoints Eileen Milner as its new chief executive

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has appointed a permanent chief executive to replace Peter Lauener.

Eileen Milner, who joins the ESFA from the Care Quality Commission, will start her new job in November, after which Mr Lauener is expected to retire. 

In his announcement, he wrote that the appointment process for the position of chief executive at the Institute for Apprenticeships “is still underway” and that “there will be an announcement about that in the autumn”.

“I will be working with Eileen on a handover plan,” he said, adding “I am sure she will want to meet external colleagues and partners as soon as she can, once she is in post.”

Ms Milner is currently the executive director of customer and corporate services at the CQC, and has worked across the public and private sectors. She brings what Mr Lauener described as “considerable experience at a senior level at the CQC, as well as at Northgate Information Solutions “, which is “a software and services business with a large presence in public services in the UK”. 

The AELP’s CEO Mark Dawe welcomed the appointment.

“It’s great that Ms Milner is bringing with her a mix of public and private sector experience which should stand her in good stead in the light of the levy and employer-led reforms. Her understanding of the need to maintain quality in the face of increased competition in the delivery of public services is also a big plus. 

“AELP wishes her every success in her new post.”

His sentiment was echoed by Kirsti Lord, the deputy chief executive of the AoC.

“Congratulations to Eileen Milner on her appointment as chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency,” she said. “She will bring a wealth of experience from the Care Quality Commission and will be able to use this in the education sector. AoC is looking forward to continuing the strong working relationship with ESFA.”

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