Darren Hartley, Chief Executive

Darren has worked as Chief Executive of TAROE Trust since November 2016. Prior to this he has held a number of senior positions within the housing sector. This has included 7 years as Company Secretary and Assistant Chief Executive at Alliance Homes Group in North Somerset. He was also formerly Chief Executive of TAROE Limited, and has close and longstanding links with the organisation.

Darren has particular expertise in the areas of governance, organisational change, audit and risk management. He provides consultancy services across the housing and charity sectors, and has recently completed a lead role on the merger and acquisition of a national housing association.

Darren has a Degree in Law, a Masters degree in Criminal Justice, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing. He is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Corporate Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

When not in work, Darren can usually be found training or competing in ultra endurance trail running and mountain bike races.



Allen Kobiela, Research Officer

Allen has worked for TAROE Trust since October 2014, and was its first employee.

Allen undertakes a pivotal role in researching tenant related services, engaging directly and daily with tenants across the country, and utilising this research to identify ways in which services can be improved. Allen has also forged relationships with major social housing contractors to continue to improve conditions for Tenants and to inform organisations of best practice.

Allen has previously worked in a number of customer facing roles in both the public and private sectors. This has included roles with MyCSP, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).