Key interests and
Darren is a committed Christian whose interests include
reading and history. In the Fourth Assembly, Darren was Chair of the Assembly’s
Cross-Party Group on Faith, and the Cross-Party Group on the Armed Forces and
Cadets - both of which he was a founder member.
Darren is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
(CMI), a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), and a
Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and
Commerce (RSA). He is also a member of the governing body of St Brigid’s School
Darren was brought up in Towyn and educated at Ysgol Emrys
ap Iwan, Abergele; Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea; and Glyndŵr University. He lives in
Kinmel Bay with his wife and two children.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Darren was a manager
for an international charity. He has also worked as an accountant; in the
construction, care home and telecommunications industries; and served as a
member of Conwy County Borough Council, the North Wales Police Authority and
the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Darren was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales
in May 2007.
In the Fourth Assembly, Darren served on the opposition
front bench as the Shadow Minister for Health and chaired the Assembly's Public
Accounts Committee. Darren has also held Shadow Ministerial portfolios on the
Environment and Planning, and Communities and Local Government. He is a former
member of the National Assembly's Sustainability Committee, and former Chair of
the National Assembly's Health, Well-being and Local Government Committee.