London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Councillor, Leader of the Council
Darren was born 46 years ago in Barking Hospital and has always lived in the borough; he attended Leys Infant School, John Perry Junior School, Eastbrook and then Warren Comprehensive. Darren is happily married and has 5 children and 3 grandchildren. His has never been shy in standing up for his family or the wider community and was the first man in Romford County Court to win residency of his eldest daughter under the 1990 children’s act.
In 2003 Darren set up and chaired “Reede Road Tenants and Residents Associations” after being driven by his passion to improve the local area and make a stronger community for everyone. After the election in 2006 Darren helped transform Barking Labour Party into a community focus organisation and took a leading role in bringing the party back into the heart of the community. He led the local fight against the bigoted BNP as the agent and organiser for ALL of the Barking candidates and Margaret Hodge MP.
Darren was elected to the local council in 2010 and served and has been the lead member on a number of council committees including “Health & Adult Services Select Committee”, Public Accounts & Audit Select Committee and Safer & Stronger Community Select Committee as well as a school governor.
Outside of the council Darren works for DABD(UK) a local charity as a Welfare rights officer supporting the most vulnerable residents in the borough. In 2012 Darren set up the A.S.K. project for residents in Alibon and Parsloes wards, working with 10 different groups including the local schools, churches and community groups.