Darren will succeed the outgoing CEO Alan Davey who has enjoyed seven years in the role.
The new post holder has received an OBE for services to music in 2013 and previously published two independent reviews into the importance of music and cultural education.
Darren said: ‘Public investment has ensured the vitality and creativity of England’s cultural life. Arts Council England and the artists, performers and institutions we invest in contribute to who we are as a nation. I’m privileged to have the opportunity to lead this important organisation and support the extraordinary creativity and innovation that exists across the country in arts organisations, museums, galleries and libraries.
‘I’m sad to be leaving Global and Classic FM after more than 20 years. Classic FM is a phenomenal, and truly unique and special brand. I leave behind a team of incredibly talented people and I wish them every success in the future.’
Visit the ACE’s website for more information.
Check out our extended news focus on the ACE’s renewed commitment to music funding earlier in the year.