Darren’s lifelong love of learning all started when he enrolled on an Institute of Management evening course at the former Southfields College (now Leicester College). Having left school with few qualifications, Darren’s early career involved working at a subsidiary of WH Smith’s. Juggling full time employment with evening courses, Darren worked hard to achieve the qualifications to enter university to study Business Administration. The rest, as they say, is history. Since completing his degree, Darren has had a long and distinguished career in education, holding posts at Hammersmith and West London College and completing an MSC at Birkbeck College. He is now Principal of Hartlepool College and attributes his enthusiasm for learning to his early days at what is now Leicester College.