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).
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 Chairman and Co-founder, the Eden Project
- Gordon Seabright, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Project
- David Harland, FCCA FCA, Eden Project Executive Director
- Peter Stewart MVO, Eden Project Executive Director
- Mike Maunder, Eden Project Executive Director
- Peter Wroe, Eden Project Executive Director
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.
Click on the links to read profiles:
- Edward Benthall, Chairman of the Eden Trust
- Jonathan Drori
- Lucy Parker
- Penny Parker
- Sir Ghillean Prance
- Richard Reid
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.