Darren was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2007. He currently serves on the opposition front bench as Shadow Minister for Health, chairs the Assembly's influential Public Accounts Committee and sits as a member of its Enterprise and Learning Committee.Darren also Chairs the Cross Party Group on Faith, and the Cross Party Group on the Armed Forces and Cadets, both of which he is a founder member.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Darren was a manager for an international charity. He has also been an accountant working in the construction, care home and telecommunications industries. 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).
Darren is a former Shadow Minister for the Environment and Planning and also a former Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government. He is a fomer member of the National Assembly's Sustainability Committee, and former Chair of the National Assembly's Health, Well-being and Local Government Committee.
In 2000/2001, Darren became the youngest serving Mayor in Wales, a record which he understands is as yet unbroken, when he served the township of Towyn and Kinmel Bay. He has also served as a member of Conwy County Borough Council, the North Wales Police Authority and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Darren lives in Kinmel Bay with his wife Rebekah and two children, Mary and Toby. He enjoys reading and history, and attends North Coast Church, Towyn.