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Tim Smit

Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall, Tim is now focusing on overseas projects, including plans to develop a giant botanical garden in an old industrial city in southern China. As a motivational keynote speaker, Tim highlights the need to lead by example, to stick to principles but move out of your comfort zone, to meet challenges head on and to dare to be ambitious.

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Tim Smit Biography

Co-founder & Chief Executive of the amazing Eden Project, Tim Smit is a sought-after and charismatic keynote speaker.

Tim Smit KBE was born in Holland, and read Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University.

After ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera, Tim moved to Cornwall where he ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim remains a Director of the gardens to the present day.

Tim is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000. To date, around 13 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.  Eden has contributed over £1 billion into...

Co-founder & Chief Executive of the amazing Eden Project, Tim Smit is a sought-after and charismatic keynote speaker.

Tim Smit KBE was born in Holland, and read Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University.

After ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera, Tim moved to Cornwall where he ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim remains a Director of the gardens to the present day.

Tim is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000. To date, around 13 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.  Eden has contributed over £1 billion into the Cornish economy, and is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.

Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally. He has received a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary CBE in the New Years Honours List and In January 2011 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.  He has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of Universities.

Tim was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards, and in 2011 he was given a special award at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

Tim has contributed to many television and radio programmes and has been the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ and a guest on ‘Desert Island Discs’.

He is a regular speaker at conferences, dinners, Awards Ceremonies and other events, and has written books about both Heligan and Eden.

Speaking Topics

Co-founder & Chief Executive of the amazing Eden Project, Tim Smit is a sought-after and charismatic keynote speaker.

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Home & Garden
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Sustainability

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