We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too.
Darren Campbell is one of our newest Trustees and we were very excited to welcome him to the team earlier this year. Darren has spent the last 6 years leading & transforming business units within large scale Professional Services organisations. Prior to this he spent 15 years performing a variety of Client Consulting roles, which ranged from Project Manager to Chief Technology Officer. He has always had a passion for social equality and so has played an active role in community development initiatives thorough his entire adult life – he has (and continues to) supported schools with developing their careers strategies, establishes relationships between education & business, gives motivational talks, and provides career mentoring.
We asked Darren a few questions to get to know him better and find out a bit more about why he became a part of Connect Reading.
Why did you decide to become part of Connect Reading?
I love the concept of connecting and the mission that Connect Reading is trying to fulfil! It’s brokering win-win outcomes for everyone involved, and I particularly like the idea that those who need help the most can benefit from the opportunities that connecting sectors together brings!
What is one thing you love about Reading?
I love the cultural diversity of the area, and the friendliness of its people.
Can you tell us about your working experience so far?
I have worked for my entire career working in numerous roles within the IT industry – I love the fact that it’s fast paced and constantly bringing new innovations to help make our lives easier.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I have a young family, so much of spare time is spent playing lego, riding bikes and playing in our sandpit! But maintaining physical fitness through high intensity training and yoga are highly important to me. Travel is my other love – work and personal travels have allowed me to visit lots of interesting places, but I’ve got a long way to go before my bucket list is complete!
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Empathetic. Loyal. Driven.
What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself during the pandemic?
I’ve realised how much I love, and currently miss, spontaneous social interaction.
And finally, what in your life is bringing you joy right now?
My wife and kids. They’re the reason for the smile in my photo!