Regional Director, South West

James McNeillie


James became Regional Director for the South West in 2021 after being appointed as Regional Director, West Midlands in September 2020.

Previously, he was Assistant Regional Director and a Senior HMI in the West Midlands.

Before being appointed as one of His Majesty’s Inspectors in 2010, James had school leadership experience and a range of school improvement roles.

Regional Director, South West

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

  • Regional Director, West Midlands