Regional Director, South East

Chris Russell


Chris Russell was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors in 2006.

Prior to joining Ofsted, Chris worked in secondary schools, including as a headteacher. As an HMI he worked in the quality assurance team, and was a senior HMI in Ofsted’s South East region.

Chris was appointed to the post of director in 2014. He initially worked in the East Midlands and North West regions, and was also responsible for local authority inspections and multi-academy trust reviews. He took over as regional director in the South East region in 2016.

Regional Director, South East

Ofsted’s Regional Directors are responsible for Ofsted’s performance in a particular region. Each Regional Director leads a team of highly skilled inspectors to support improvement through inspection.


Previous roles in government

  1. Regional Director, North West
  2. Regional Director, East Midlands