Regional Schools Commissioner for South-East England and South London and Interim National Schools Commissioner

Dominic Herrington

Dominic Herrington



Dominic Herrington is the Interim National Schools Commissioner (NSC), having taken over the role from Sir David Carter. He came into position on 1 September 2018.

Prior to his appointment, Dominic was the full-time Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for SE England and South London. He was appointed to this role on 1 July 2014 and will continue to oversee it.

His previous roles include:

  • Director of the Academies Group at the Department for Education
  • working at Warwick and Birmingham Universities
  • working as a TEFL teacher in Spain

In addition to his responsibilities as RSC and NSC, he is also a vice chair of governors at a primary school.

Regional Schools Commissioner for South-East England and South London

The Regional Schools Commissioner for South-East England and South London is responsible for making decisions about the academies and free schools in the following local authorities:

  • Bexley
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • East Sussex
  • Greenwich
  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Medway
  • Merton
  • Portsmouth
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Southampton
  • Southwark
  • Surrey
  • Sutton
  • Wandsworth
  • West Sussex

More information about the responsibilities of RSCs is available.

Read the regional vision statement for South-East England and South London which describes the RSC’s aims and commitments in fulfilling his responsibilities in this region.

Read about the South-East England and South London Headteacher Board.

If you have any questions email the commissioner’s office

Interim National Schools Commissioner

The National Schools Commissioner (NSC) works closely with the 8 regional schools commissioners (RSCs) to support school leaders, teachers and governors in achieving the best education system possible for all children in England.

The NSC is responsible for:

  • holding the RSCs to account for their responsibilities and ensuring consistency in decision-making
  • developing and sharing the best multi-academy trust (MAT) improvement strategies with RSCs and educational leaders across the country that result in improvements in educational standards and outcomes for all children
  • supporting MATs so that they are sustainable and strong, via constructive assistance and challenge
  • encouraging regional teams to share best practice and learn from one another to encourage closer, partnership working
  • advising ministers as they shape the future development of the academies and free schools programme, and sharing best practice that exists across the country
  • explaining the benefits of being a member of a multi-academy trust, academy conversion and the free schools programme to school leaders, local authorities, governing bodies, parent groups and community organisations
  • monitoring the growth of sponsors across the 8 RSC regions and making sure that the best practice of our strongest sponsors informs RSCs’ decision-making
  • encouraging and nurturing potential new sponsors from our best schools, universities and community partnerships

More information about the National Schools Commissioner and the regional schools commissioners is available.