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Tim Smit by Mark Diacono

Tim Smit

Cornwall, UK

Co-founder of the Eden Project and Executive Chairman of Eden Regeneration Ltd

Champion for social enterprise and entrepreneurship

Highly sought-after business speaker

Sir Tim Smit KBE is Executive Chairman, Eden Regeneration Ltd and Founding Director 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, since when around 15 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 to the Cornish economy.

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 a KBE by the Queen. 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.

Tim was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards. In 2011 Tim 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. He has also taken part in a number of television and radio programmes and has been the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ and a guest on ‘Desert Island Discs’. He is the author of books about both Heligan and Eden, and he has contributed to publications on a wide variety of subjects.

Our Comment

"As a highly innovative and successful businessperson, Tim has been outspoken in his views on issues such as social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and is known for his unique and unusual management ideas. Once described as “the Richard Branson of Cornwall”."

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