Darren Jones has over 30 years experience in real estate and regeneration in the private and public sector.
After completing a degree in Urban Land Economics he joined Orbit Developments where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. As Development Director he delivered many office, retail and mixed use schemes including Middlebrook Bolton, the largest retail and leisure park in the UK, and the Lowry Outlet mixed use scheme at Salford Quays.
In 2005 he established and ran his own investment and property development business ‘Reflect Developments’ acquiring and developing residential and commercial schemes in the North West.
Following the 2009 recession, Darren began a stint in the public sector firstly as Director of Development at North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership and in 2010 as Development Director at Oldham Council. Here he conceived, implemented and delivered the Council’s ambitious £150 million regeneration strategy, programme and associated major place making projects. This included the RIBA/RICS award winning Old Town Hall. He also managed the asset and FM functions, capital programmes, residential developments and inward investment and place marketing functions. He worked with three successive Council Leaders and two Chief Executives and was on the Boards of several public/private joint ventures.
In 2016 he was directly approached to be Managing Director of HIMOR, a strategic land, property and development company whose largest project is the 1600 acre former Shell estate in Carrington, Greater Manchester.
Darren is a strategic leader with a passion to get on and succeed. He is a strong believer in ensuring places and buildings are well designed, bringing together the physical, cultural and social identities of places for the people that use them or live in them.
In his personal life he is a keen cyclist and a big arts and music fan attending many concerts and theatre events. He has a passionate interest in Education and is Vice Chair Governor of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (The Hamblin Education Trust).