The John Hunt Lecture: Sir Tim Smit


‘A revolution is coming’ – Making connections to the natural world

Sir Tim Smit is executive vice-chairman and co-founder of the multiple award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall, and will deliver The John Hunt Lecture at the RCGP Annual Conference on Friday 13 October.

Since the opening of the Eden Project in 2001, 19 million people have come to see a once sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture.

Sir Tim had previously ‘discovered’ and restored ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK’s best loved gardens.

Dutch-born Tim had worked for ten years in the music industry as a composer/producer in both rock music and opera, before moving to Cornwall.

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. He has received honorary doctorates and fellowships from a number of universities.

The RCGP’s John Hunt Lecture is awarded every two years by invitation of the President of the College, traditionally to a speaker from a non-medical background.