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Academies chief Howell to leave PfS

Academies framework chief Colin Howell will leave Partnerships for Schools in January, Construction News has learnt.

Mr Howell, director of the team overseeing the £4 billion schools framework, is resigning for family reasons.

It is understood he emailed the 15 contractors on the framework today to announce his decision.

Meanwhile, PfS has appointed three divisional directors to oversee delivery of its remit in the short-term before becoming part of the senior team in the Capital Directorate of the EFA.

  • Former regional operations director Mike Coleman has become divisional director for programme delivery. He will oversee the £2bn Priority School Building Programme, as well as legacy Building Schools for the Future schemes, and work on academies and free schools.
  • Former technology and planning director Russell Andrews has become divisional director for planning and funding. He will be responsible for strategic planning, including major budgets and capital allocations, legal and commercial matters, pupil place planning and basic need.
  • Former regional operations director David Burns has become divisional director for programme advice and support. He will be responsible for technical and property advice, as well as ICT and design.

Six months ago PfS chief executive Tim Byles quit the body to launch his own social investment company, Cornerstone.

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