Founder , Conker
Daren's entire career has been built around helping companies and people to achieve their potential. Across 30 incredibly successful years in advertising, Daren has been responsible for hiring and/or leading some of today's most successful names in the marketing industry. His belief is that motivated talent, in the right environment, can achieve anything. In his 10 years as MD and then CEO of PHD in the UK, the agency experienced unprecedented success. Highlights included; Pitching and winning Cadbury, Kraft, Expedia, Dyson, Twitter, Confused.com, Purple Bricks, Viacom, British Heart Foundation, P&O Cruises, VW Group, Magners and many more. ‚Winning eight individual Media Agency of the Year accolades, seven Grand Prix awards and two Cannes Lions Gold awards.
Achieving four consecutive top 100 Best Companies Awards, including 25th, 18th and 16th positions. Daren also co-created the industry-accreditation Advanced Media Certificate, for which he received an IPA Fellowship and has spoken on numerous platforms about talent and diversity, including the 3% Conference, WACL, Token Man, Omniwomen, Bloom and HeForShe. In 2019, he set up Conker (an executive search and talent business) with his business partner, Liz Jones. In that short time, Conker has established itself as the talent partner for the majority of media agencies, media owners and digital platforms in the UK. In 2021, they launched Conker Inside, the only single-source data currency for leadership talent in the industry.