Darren was first elected to Barking & Dagenham Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of Barking & Dagenham Council, establishing the borough as one of the most important growth opportunities in London. This includes being home to the capital’s single largest housing developments at Barking Riverside dubbed Barcelona on Thames.
Darren is passionate about regeneration being at the heart of the community. He is an advocate for more affordable live/work spaces for artists and is the driver behind providing London’s first film studios since Pinewood opened its doors 80 years ago.