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Third schools director joins Byles at Cornerstone

A third former Partnership for Schools director has joined Tim Byles’ new operation Cornerstone.

The company has recruited David Burns, former director of the Education Funding Agency.

Mr Burns joins head of operations Sal Wilson and head of property Harry Scarff, both former directors of the now defunct Partnerships for Schools.

Former schools capital chief Mr Byles left PfS in 2011 to establish Cornerstone, a social investment company whose board includes former Carillion chief executive John McDonough, Capita founder Rod Aldridge and former Financial Times chairman Sir David Bell.

Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon and Bouygues are also directly involved in the company.

Mr Burns has been responsible for the Priority Schools Building Programme, Academy buildings, and wider support functions including design, ICT, technical and property. He also led the team that supported Sebastian James for the James Review on education capital. 

His nine years at the EFA and PfS followed a number of years in the health sector.

Mr Burns said:  “After over 12 years at the heart of developing and establishing major investment programmes for central government, it is a natural move for me to work for a social investment company like Cornerstone. I am especially pleased to be involved in the early stages of the company and being able help to bring a strong vision to reality.”

Mr Byles said:  “We are delighted that David is joining the team at what is a very exciting time for Cornerstone as our first tranche of deals, covering a range of sectors, comes to fruition.

“David brings with him an impressive track record of delivery in both the education and health sectors – experience which will prove invaluable in terms of the projected deal flow that we anticipate over the coming months.”

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