Tim is Chief Executive and co-founder of the award-winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. 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 he has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of Universities.
Tim Smit KBE was born in Holland on 25 September 1954. He read Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University.
Tim worked for ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera.
In 1987 Tim moved to Cornwall, where he and John Nelson together ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim remains a Director of the gardens to the present day.
The Eden Project began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when 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 that is symbolic of human endeavour. It has contributed over £1 billion to the Cornish economy. Eden 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.
Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally.
Tim has taken part in a quantity of television and radio programmes and has been the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ and a guest on ‘Desert Island Discs’.
He is also the author of books about both Heligan and Eden and he has contributed to publications on a wide variety of subjects.
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.
Tim Smit is a regular speaker at conferences, dinners and other events, and his informed and entertaining speeches are in demand.