Darren is a passionate community champion. Prior to becoming a councillor, he led a tenants & residents association and was at the forefront of the Labour Party campaign which led to the defeat of the British National Party in 2010.
Darren was first elected to the Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of the Council, focussing on ensuring Barking and Dagenham realises its vision of being London’s Growth opportunity and that residents benefit from the growth that is planned.
Darren was chair of the Area Review process for the East sub-region and is keen to ensure that area develop a wider skills vision which helps residents into employment.
Darren holds the following positions:
- Executive Member for City Development for London Councils (covering, the arts, culture, sport, high streets, planning & regeneration)
- Member of Arts Council for London
- Member of the Create London Board
- Member of the London Councils’ Challenge Board
- Member of Local London sub-regional partnership
First Gender Equality Charter in the country in March 2016. Darren introduced the Charter which is a commitment on behalf of the council and our partners to create a fair and just society where people are treated equally, discrimination is tackled and the barriers to achieving equality removed.
Introduced Women’s Empowerment Month every year in Barking & Dagenham. The month is full of events which highlight the achievement of women in our borough. Celebrations start with International Women’s Day and ends with the Women’s Empowerment Awards.
Established first Young Mayor in Barking & Dagenham in 2014 and leads the annual Youth Parade.
Equal Cabinet representation - 6 out of 10 members of the Cabinet Darren leads in Barking & Dagenham are women – making it the most equal in the country.