Born and raised on a beef farm in Staffordshire, Darren is rooted in the world of food production. He has worked as a trustee of Waste Watch, an environmental charity, and held a series of government advisory roles, covering food safety and other regulatory matters.
Darren joined Borough Market a year ago and he has had quite a first year. From 55,000 people in 2 hours descending on the ‘evening of cheese’, a nice little community event just before Christmas, to alongside Donald Hyslop the Borough Market Chair of Trustees, leading the market through the huge impact felt from the terrorist atrocities in June. And of course doing the day job which is to figure out how to take Borough Market to the next stage in its evolution.
Darren has a wealth of leadership experience. After training as a civil engineer and environmental health officer, he made his name in local government, first with Barking and Dagenham, then Thurrock, and latterly in Ealing. Over the past 18 years, he has built a reputation as a specialist in place-based development programmes, including the delivery of environmental services and affordable housing.
As a long-term resident of southeast London, with a track record in public service across several London boroughs, Darren has an acute understanding of the community that this market is here to serve. It is this, paired with his considerable experience of managing major projects on behalf of multiple stakeholders, which makes him so suited to leading this world renowned food institution.