Darren is the Chief Executive Officer of Medilink East Midlands , the industry support organisation for healthcare and bioscience companies based in the region. Medilink provides a range of specialist commercial services to help companies in this sector establish, develop and grow, and as a membership based organisation has many synergies with the Chamber.
Darren is a Microbiologist by original discipline and has over twenty years’ experience in the healthcare and bioscience sector. Following a brief spell at Shell Research Ltd and some time in academic research, he joined Pharmaceutical Profiles, (now part of the Quotient Group), a spin out company from the University of Nottingham. Here he had a variety of roles from Project Manager, Divisional Manager, to Business Development Manager.
Darren has been with Medilink since its incorporation in 2004. In his role as CEO, he has successfully overseen the delivery of a number of significant public sector contracts to stimulate innovation within small and medium sized enterprises.
Darren is also an active participant in the Medilink UK national health technology business support network; representing the network on several national committees including the Med Tech Forum and the MindTech Health Technology Cooperative.
Darren is a Non-Executive Director of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee of the Ear Foundation and has a number of advisory and representation roles, including Chairing the Charnwood Campus Enterprise Zone Steering Committee, the Steering Committee of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine, the Strategic Advisory Group for Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Trials Unit, and the Advisory Board for the Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
In his spare time, Darren is a keen runner and has completed several marathons and half-marathons.