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Darren was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2007. He was re-elected with a significantly increased majority in 2011, with a larger share of the vote than any candidate in the history of the Clwyd West Constituency.
Having been brought up in Towyn, Darren now 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.
Darren currently serves on the opposition front bench as Shadow Minister for Health. He Chairs the Assembly's influential Public Accounts Committee and sits as a member of the Health and Social Care Committee. Darren is also Chair of 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 re-election to the Assembly in 2011, during the third Assembly Darren was the Shadow Minister for the Economy and Transport and served as a member of the Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee.
During his first term in office, Darren also spent some time serving as Shadow Minister for the Environment and Planning and as Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government. Whilst serving in these roles he also sat on Assembly's Sustainability Committee, and Chaired the Health, Well-being and Local Government Committee.
Before becoming an Assembly Member, Darren worked as a manager for an international charity. He has also been an accountant working in the construction, care home and telecommunications industries. Darren is a Chartered Manager, 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).
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.