Darren Towers

Executive Director


Darren is Executive Director of Stonewall, Europe’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans charity. Stonewall was founded in 1989 and campaigns for a world of acceptance without exception for LGBT people everywhere.

Darren joined Stonewall in March 2017 and oversees much of the charity’s work to empower individuals and transform institutions. This includes work with over 800 public and private sector organisations and more than 150 multinational employers to bring positive change to workplaces and service provision through Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme and global partnerships. He oversees the charity’s work in Northern Ireland (in partnership with The Rainbow Project), its empowerment programmes (including a range of leadership, role models, allies and trans allies programmes), workplace conferences, sport campaigns and partnerships, and related operations functions.

Darren has over 24 years of sustainability, corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion, environmental and leadership experience across the business/industry, commercial, regulatory, local government and voluntary sectors. For more than six years at EDF Energy, he led on sustainability and environment, and education and skills, as well as LGBT strategy and programmes - work that saw the company enter Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for the first time in 2015. Previous roles have all had a strong focus on driving positive environmental and/or social change, including at Thames Water, the Environment Agency, local authorities and Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Darren is a Chartered Environmentalist and volunteers on the Editorial Board of In Practice, the journal of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He studied Geography at the University of London (Royal Holloway) and Cross-Sector Partnerships at the University of Cambridge. Outside of work, he has volunteered at a range of sport events (including the London 2012 Olympic Games, National Paralympic Day, London Marathon and 2017 World Para Athletic Championships) and for Marie Curie. He is passionate about LGBT rights, sustainability, education, and theatre.