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DfE director Jonathan Duff to become east of England RSC

Current postholder Sue Baldwin steps down next year

Current postholder Sue Baldwin steps down next year

Long-serving Department for Education official Jonathan Duff will replace Sue Baldwin as the regional schools commissioner for the east of England and north east London.

Dominic Herrington, the national schools commissioner, made the announcement at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham today.

Herrington said Duff had “deep experience” of the academies programme, and would make an “amazing difference” when he starts in March.

According his LinkedIn profile, Duff is currently director of services, operations and transformation at the DfE’s regional delivery directorate.

He previously served as acting director and deputy director of the RSCs’ office in south east England and south London. He also worked as head of the teacher pay reform unit at the DfE, and as head of the learning difficulties and disabilities policy unit.

It was announced in September that Baldwin will leave her post early next year, having been appointed in 2017.

On LinkedIn, Baldwin encouraged others to apply to replace her, saying she was “stepping down next year from a job I’ve loved”.

She was previously director for school efficiency within the DfE and director of academies and maintained schools at the then-Education Funding Agency.

Baldwin was awarded a CB in 2016 for services to education and children’s services. Herrington said she had done a “fantastic job”.

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