Co-founder of the Eden Project
Sir Tim Smit is executive vice-chairman and co-founder of the multiple award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. He had previously ‘discovered’ and restored ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK’s best loved gardens.
Eden began as a dream in 1995 and has since contributed over £1 billion to the Cornish economy, aiming to demonstrate that sustainability is not about ‘sandals and nut cutlets’ but good business practice and the citizenship values of the future. The Eden team is now creating projects in China, the USA, Dubai and Australia, with the ambition to have one on every continent.
Sir 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 (2003).
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). This appointment was made substantive in June 2012 when he became a British citizen.