Darren moved to the Open University in 2016 as a project manager, devising and delivering improvements to policy, process and practice around assessment. His current role involves managing projects aimed at supporting the OU's diverse student cohort to access and succeed in HE, interpreting institutional data for dissemination across faculties and the management of our annual programme of seminars.
Previously he worked for Luton Borough Council for 3 years as a community development officer based for the majority of his time on the Marsh Farm Estate, one of the largest publicly owned housing estates in England and at the time the area ranked in the top 5% of most deprived in the country. Darren’s role was to work with community groups to develop initiatives to improve community cohesive, tackle isolation and poverty, access new opportunities including education and training and open up pathways to employment.
Darren worked for Bedfordshire Training and Enterprise Council for 3 years developing out of school clubs to support parents with childcare needs to allow them to return to employment or extend working hours. Darren has also been a youth worker in Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes in a number of different paid and voluntary roles but mainly working in communities of widespread disadvantage.
Darren worked for Milton Keynes Council for 18 years in Economic Development and Planning as a team leader,project manager and, . over the last decade as Growth Coordination Manager. This latter role involved coordination of management information to prioritise funding, to manage risks and issues, and communicate with stakeholders.
Darren holds in project management (PRINCE 2 Foundation) and programme management (APM Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner).