Darren Hooper - Chief Operating Officer
Darren has worked in the human services sector for well over 30 years and has a strong commitment to ensure these services provide people with the best opportunity to meet their goals and reach their full potential.
He has worked for MAX Solutions since September 2014, originally as Executive General Manager - Strategy, responsible for business development, new business opportunities and company strategy.
Darren was appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day management of all operational areas of MAX.
Darren has worked in many areas across the Australian Government, taking on strategic leadership roles delivering employment services, policy development programme management, workforce development and change management. From 2002, Darren held senior executive roles with the various iterations of the Commonwealth employment departments and more recently the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he held the position of the Queensland State Manager.
His other roles included managing property and business services, managing multi-billion dollar procurement processes, population and migration policy, large scale evaluations, and implementation of the Government’s Indigenous programme agenda.
Darren holds an honours degree in law, a management degree with a human resource major, and a diploma in project management. He holds professional memberships with the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Darren is married with four adult children. He lives in Canberra where he follows the AFL, rides his motorcycle and enjoys a regular game of golf.