Darra Singh (CBE) is a civil servant[citation needed].

He is the chair of the government-appointed communities and victims panel into the August 2011 riots. He joined Ernst & Young's local public sector advisory team in January 2012.

Between November 2009-September 2011 he was the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, taking over from Mel Groves.[1][not in citation given]

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.


  1. Profile. BusinessWeek. Retrieved on 4 June 2012.
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