An experienced surfer, a highly respected communicator and a driver of positive change, Chris Hines (MBE) is resolved to find solutions to problems. Formerly Founder of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), and Sustainability Director at the Eden Project, Chris uses his deep understanding of the balance between the social, environmental and financial aspects of sustainability to lead others to action.
As the founder and former Director of Surfers Against Sewage and Sustainability Director at the Eden Project from 2001-2007, Chris Hines MBE - experienced surfer and highly respected communicator and driver of positive change. An environmental campaigner
Chris endeavours to find solutions to problems through communication, this led him to driving a £5 billion spend on the UK's coastline. He has presented his research to Commons and Lords Select Committees, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the European Parliament and Commission. He was also called as a special advisor to the Rt.Hon Michael Meacher MP Minister for the Environment.
Surfers Against Sewage were runners up in the 1999 Green Politics Award. Chris has collected many of his own personal accolades, as he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the environment in 2008 and was joint-winner of the first international Surfers Path Green Wave Awards for his contributions to the surfing and environmental world.
He has appeared regularly in the media, including Panorama, BBC World Service and CNN, and co-wrote and co-presented ‘What On Earth’ with Melinda Messenger.
During his time at The Eden Project, Chris Hines conceived and managed the Waste Neutral concept. As well as Waste Neutral Chris was responsible for Eden's sustainability programme, including the implementation of the PANTS process - Eden's version of triple bottom line accounting. This aimed to ensure that Eden practiced what it preached and became a leader not only in rhetoric but equally in its own operations.
Chris has a deep understanding of the balance between the social, environmental and financial aspects of sustainability. He is a major player in the advocacy of the business case for sustainability camp and was featured as one of the Daily Telegraph's Eco Heroes. Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth in 2011.
Chris is an active member of Sustainability South West, a member of the Environment Agency Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committee, and sits on the Strategic Panel of Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership.
In his role as sustainability consultant for Ward Williams associates, Chris continues his campaigning for the protection of the environment and continues to educate business on the necessity of corporate social responsibility.
An excellent keynote speaker on the environmental issues and waste problems facing our planet, Chris’s engaging campaigning and successful career makes him the perfect speaker to educate businesses on the need for CSR and the importance of taking care of our planet.