Darren has worked in the Social Housing sector for over 20 years. During this time, he has taken a strategic lead on tenancy enforcement, community safety and early intervention projects. This includes all aspects of Housing Management Practice, ASB prevention, Safeguarding and Consultancy Services.
Much of Darren's work has focused upon identifying and supporting vulnerable people within the housing environment. He has a proven track record of consulting with Tenants and Community Groups to ensure that they are actively involved in neighbourhood-based projects, decision making and policy development. Partnership working is one of Darren's key strengths and he has overseen successful collaborations between Housing Providers, local stakeholders and service users. Many of these have been held up as good practice examples and shared elsewhere in the sector.
Darren has extensive experience of working for a number of Registered Housing Providers and Local Authorities throughout the UK both urban and rural localities. In addition to this, he undertaken consultancy and Associate / Trainer roles on behalf of leading sector bodies. These roles include internal audits, delivering multi-agency seminars and implementing preventative strategies across large scale Local Authorities to provide consistent and effective support for vulnerable victims.
In order to understand the full complexities of organisational structures within the Social Housing Sector, Darren has been a Board Member for Housing & Support Providers as well as Third Sector / Charitable Organisations in Yorkshire, Humberside and the North Midlands. He is currently a Board Member of the Shadsworth & Whitebirk BIG LOCAL Trust in Blackburn.
More recently, Darren has led on a range of externally funded projects to support clients with multiple barriers and complex needs to access employment, obtain housing and make positive changes to their health and wellbeing.
Darren is also a mentor for the Housing Diversity Network and has supported Housing Professionals from across the North West to develop their careers.