Darra Singh promoted to partner in EY’s government and public sector team

8 July 2013

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EY has admitted Darra Singh OBE as a partner within its government and public sector team.

Darra joined EY’s leading local public sector advisory team 18 months ago. In his role as partner he will continue to lead in advising local authorities on how to achieve efficient and enhanced services in the face of financial and delivery challenges. Darra will also become a member of the Advisory Government leadership team leading on strategy.

Darra was previously chief executive at Job Centre Plus, also of Ealing and Luton Councils, and chaired the government-appointed Communities and Victims Panel, which investigated the London riots. He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to local government.

Darra Singh, government and public sector partner at EY,says, “I am extremely proud to join the partnership, which serves to highlight our continuing commitment to working with clients to build a better public sector, which maintains and enhances services for the benefit of all.

“The role of ensuring the public sector is cost-effective for taxpayers, while finding ways to enhance service outcomes in councils and other vital public services has never been more important.

“I look forward to working with clients to continue to drive benefits while also ensuring crucial programmes and services are delivered on time and to budget.”

Brian Gorman, EY public sector advisory lead partner said:

“I have worked closely with Darra since he joined EY.  We always knew he had infectious energy, drive and enthusiasm and he has proven his ability to deliver significant value to our clients. 

“His appointment also demonstrates EY's continued commitment to our public sector clients who are facing challenges under continuing austerity.”

More about Darra Singh

  • Before joining DWP in November 2009, Darra had been the Chief Executive Officer of Ealing Council for four years and prior to that had been the Chief Executive of Luton Council.
  • He grew up in Bradford and read law at Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria at Newcastle-upon-Tyne).
  • He started as a housing case worker in Tyneside and London in 1984, and then worked for a variety of housing bodies in the voluntary sector.
  • Darra became a director of the North British Housing Association in 1991. He was later appointed Chief Executive of the Asra Greater London Housing Association, which specialises in housing ethnic minority tenants, and then worked for Hexagon, another London-based housing association.
  • In 2004 Darra was awarded an OBE for services to local government.