Darren is a change and transformation manager with over 20 years experience within HE and several other industries.
Darren has worked with a wide range of Universities both directly and as a supplier delivering strategic and tactical change across processes and systems.
Darren has a strong understanding of the student lifecycle, the business processes and systems that support that journey and the change, programme and project management methodologies that identify and deliver change initiatives.
Darren is passionate about ensuring Universities identify and deliver value, focusing on outcomes and putting the student experience at the centre of what is delivered whilst understanding the broad range of business impacts involved.
As Change Programme Manager at University of Kent Darren drafted a change strategy and created a strategic change framework to support the development of the university PMO function, enabling a portfolio approach to be adopted whereby examination and understanding of business capability and capability gaps and business value were used to determine and prioritise strategic change initiatives.
Darren also created a tactical change methodology to help deliver process improvements identified through the How We Work initiative and led an analysis team in the review and implementation of a multitude of improvements across the student journey.
Darren’s recent assignments both within and outside of the HE sector have concentrated on identification of current and target operating models and the strategic and operational capability of the organisation to achieve the future state. This has involved assisting senior stakeholders to use strategic change management principles to identify and drive change initiatives and to take ownership of the key elements of risk, benefits management and change sustainability.
Outside of work Darren enjoys playing piano, and going to the odd football match. He is a keen indoor rower and cyclist and enjoys spending time with his partner and family. Darren has the following certifications; Prince 2 Practitioner ISEB Business Analysis Practitioner APMG Change Management Practitioner Agile Product Owner.