National Director, Education

Chris Russell


Chris Russell was appointed National Director, Education in September 2021. Chris 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.

National Director, Education

The director leads the development of policy and of guidance for inspections in early years, schools, further education and skills.


Previous roles in government

  • Regional Director, South East
  • Regional Director, North West
  • Regional Director, East Midlands