Propertyshe podcast: Darren Rodwell Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council

Posted on 20 January 2022

Darren became the Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council in 2014. Since then, he has established the borough as one of the most important growth opportunities in London and both he, and the Council, have won numerous awards.

Darren has focused on moving beyond the borough’s industrial past, bringing the community forward as the borough embraces its identity as one of the most forward-thinking parts of London. Under his leadership, the borough has undergone a programme of sustainable regeneration, welcoming world class universities, and groundbreaking startups.

As part of his vision of a ‘Digital Dagenham’ Darren recently welcomed the opening of a new data centre.

Most recently, London's biggest film studio has been launched in the borough.

Darren is currently the Deputy Chair of London Councils, having served on the Executive since 2016 – first as the Executive Member for City Development and now as the Executive Member for Housing and Planning. In his current role, he has prioritised the delivery of truly affordable housing in London, fire safety, reducing homelessness and reducing the use of temporary accommodation.

Darren is also a member of the Homes for Londoners Board, Arts Council England, The Arts Council for London and the Create London Board and, since September 2019, Vice Chair on the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board.

In 2021, Darren was awarded an honorary doctorate in education by Coventry University.

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