Eden structure and team
As a tourist attraction, a social enterprise and a charity, Eden is a unique and complex organisation. The teams at Eden report to the Board, who report to the Trustees, who ensure we meet our charitable aims. The Eden Project is wholly owned by the Eden Trust.
Eden is operated on behalf of the Eden Trust by Eden Project Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust. Any profit generated is reinvested back into the Trust. Eden Project Limited is managed by a Board of Executive and Non-executive Directors who remain ultimately responsible to the Eden Trust, a UK Registered Charity (number 1093070).
The Eden Trust
The Eden Trust is dedicated to breaking down the barriers to communication, encouraging the sharing of information and ideas with the widest possible audience. The Trustees catalyse collaboration in science, arts, technology and commerce, creating a constituency for change and then putting it into action.
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- Edward Benthall, Chairman of the Eden Trust
- Jonathan Drori
- Lucy Parker
- Penny Parker
- Sir Ghillean Prance
- Richard Reid
- Geoffrey Austin
- Professor Adam Beaumont
- Kevin Havelock
- Sir Ferrers Vyvyan
The EPL Board
Eden Project Limited is managed by a Board of Executive and Non-executive Directors. Click on the links below to read profiles.
- Judith Donovan CBE, Non-Executive Chair of Eden Project Ltd
- Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice Chair of EPL and Executive Chairman EPIL
- Gordon Seabright, CEO of EPL and board director of EPIL
- David Harland, board director of EPL and CEO of EPIL
- Mike Maunder, board director of EPL and EPIL
- Peter Stewart MVO, board director of EPL
- Peter Wroe, board director of EPL
- Angela Marshall, non-executive board director of EPL
- Helen Owers, non-executive board director of EPL and EPIL
- Andrew Peters, non-executive board director of EPL
- Andrew Walmsley, non-executive board director of EPL
- Caroline White, non-executive board director of EPL
The EPIL Board
- Sir Tim Smit KBE – Executive Co-Chair of EPIL and Executive Vice Chair of EPL
- Geoffrey Wilkinson – Non-Executive Co-Chair of EPIL
- David Harland – CEO of EPIL and board director of EPL
- Mike Maunder – board director of EPIL and EPL
- Gordon Seabright – board director of EPIL and CEO of EPL
- Keric Morris – non-executive board director of EPIL and EPL
- Helen Owers – non-executive board director of EPIL and EPL
The Eden Teams
In the early days there was a handful of us, now there are more than 500. We do all kinds of stuff: art, science, horticulture, education, management, retail, catering, philosophy, maths, economics, design, construction, publishing, research, housekeeping, stewarding, guiding, fundraising, storytelling, marketing, media and lots more. Meet some of the individuals who work at Eden.
The Eden Project site
Our site is an international visitor attraction with a difference, and not only because it’s in a hole in the ground. Our mission is to provide a stage on which we entertain and communicate both our work and that of others. Most importantly we want to give you a good day out by taking you on a journey that is memorable and inspiring. Everything links together – from what we grow, to what we cook and what we sell.
The social enterprise
The Eden Project is not only a charity, but a social enterprise. So, while the physical infrastructure of our site (the buildings and Biomes etc) was paid for by grant money – the biggest contributors being Millennium Commission and European economic regeneration funds – its maintenance and all our running costs are covered by earned income.
Because we’re a social enterprise, we reinvest our profits into the charity’s educational projects. Just like conventional companies, social enterprises compete to deliver goods and services, but social and environmental purposes are at the heart of what they do, and the profits they make are reinvested towards achieving these. Find out more about our ethos.
Eden Project International Ltd
Eden Project International Ltd (EPIL) is an entity formed as part of the Eden Trust, created to drive the establishments of Edens around the world. At the helm of the new company are Co-Founder of the Eden Project Sir Tim Smit, who has been appointed Executive Chairman of EPIL, and Eden Project Executive Director David Harland, who has taken up the role of Chief Executive of the international company. EPIL also undertakes consultancy services for new and existing projects in a range of areas. Find out more about our projects.