General Manager – Vbase Ltd
Darren is the Chief Executive of Vbase Ltd, manager of Christchurch’s leading convention, entertainment, cultural and sporting venues including Horncastle Arena, AMI Stadium, Hagley Oval and Air Force Museum Wigram. With such a diversity of venues the company delivers over 1,000 events annually – always through it’s mantra of “make life more eventful’. Vbase is also owner and operator of the Christchurch Town Hall for Performing Arts which is currently undergoing a $130 million redevelopment.
In addition to his role at Vbase, Darren is currently engaged by Venues New South Wales to provide consulting services on the development of the new 30,000 capacity Western Sydney Stadium.
Before moving to Vbase at the beginning of 2014, Darren spent 7 years in Dunedin, firstly working as the Chief Executive and development Director of the trust established to masterplan and build Forsyth Barr Stadium in time for Rugby World Cup 2011. Latterly he was Chief Executive of Dunedin Venues, operator of the stadium and the Dunedin Centre and Town Hall.
Darren has been involved in a number of venue developments. Aside from Forsyth Barr Stadium, Western Sydney Stadium and the Christchurch Town Hall, he was also involved in the major refurbishment of the Dunedin Centre and the opening of Hagley Oval in time for Cricket World Cup 2015.
At the end of 2016 Darren was named ‘Venue Executive of the Year’ and ‘Supreme Venue Person of the Year’ by the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand at their annual awards.
Darren originally trained as a surveyor in the UK holding a degree in Building Surveying and becoming a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He also holds an MBA, is a director of Heath Lake Ltd, a company providing international venue consulting services, and a non-executive director of YHA New Zealand.