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 was the Chair of the Residents’ Voice Working Group for the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. He also has expertise in the areas of governance and regulation, organisational change, audit and risk management. He provides consultancy services across the housing and charity sectors.

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.





Leslie Channon, Public Affairs and Tenant Engagement Consultant


Leslie’s areas of expertise include: resident engagement and scrutiny, project management, stakeholder/staff interviews, focus groups, co-regulation, team building, away day facilitation, research, policy, and Equality and Diversity.

As a campaigner she was a lead steering group member of the ‘Benefit to Society’ #SeeThePerson campaign @2BenefitSociety, and Chair of ‘A Voice for Tenants’ #AVFT steering group.  She has become one of the leading voices of tenants in the country to make the case for better engagement. Working closely with the MHCLG and the then Housing Ministers Alok Sharma, MP, Dominic Raab, MP and Kit Malthouse, MP, Leslie helped to develop and co-facilitate the post Grenfell Ministerial Roadshows (2017/2018) – which informed the Social Housing Green Paper.  She has also led the successful the annual social media campaign – #HousingDay @HousingDay since 2018.

Leslie gained an MA in Housing Practice from the University of Westminster – her dissertational research was published by HQN (2016) and was awarded the CIH Prize. She is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.   Leslie is an experienced public speaker, writer, and blogger.  Her articles have been published in the Guardian, 24Housing and Inside Housing, amongst others.  Leslie is currently an Inside Housing IH50 columnist.

Follow Leslie on Twitter @LeslieChannon