Over the past 15 years Darren has worked in various heritage, access and sustainable tourism roles. He has an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation.
He currently works for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. In his role he has overall responsibility for the development and management of the aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark for Mourne, Gullion and Strangford, plus two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): Ring of Gullion and Strangford & Lecale.
Darren has been involved in and led several domestic and international partnerships. Most notable are: the ongoing work of the AONBs, several erosion control and path projects, a Landscape Partnership Scheme and the Atlantic CultureScape project.
Darren is also a member of the board of directors for Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Programme and chair of its Cooperation Group. He is a member of Northern Ireland's Protected Areas Network and of the Ulster Maritime Heritage management committee.
Through his work and voluntary roles, Darren has forged strong partnerships in natural and intangible heritage locally, nationally and across Europe. As a committee member he wants to use his networks and experience to help groups positively engage with Northern Ireland’s heritage.