Darren joined the ODI Fellowship Scheme in 2007, following a year supporting Communications and the RAPID programme at ODI. Prior to his time at ODI, he worked at the British Library for six years in Customer Services, Learning and Development, and on the LIFE Project, a collaboration with UCL that analysed and predicted the lifecycle costs for the preservation of digital information. Before this, he studied Linguistics at UCL.
Along with Susan Barron, Darren is responsible for the day-to-day management of the scheme, with particular responsibility for organising the recruitment and marketing of the scheme, as well as the insurance for Fellows placed overseas. During the recruitment process and throughout the subsequent two-year Fellowship postings Darren is usually the first point of contact for Fellowship matters. During the interview process he runs the group assessments and during the course of the year handles a range of issues relating to Fellows and their postings.