Date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 10:00

The Eden Project announced today (May 28, 2015) that Edward Benthall is to be appointed Chairman of Trustees, taking over from Sir Anthony Salz.

Edward's arrival comes at a pivotal time for Eden, and he will take forward a number of significant new developments.  With its core operation in Cornwall seeing increased visitor numbers in the last year, the project is expanding its existing ventures into several new areas, including innovative apprenticeships, a degree programme and the expansion of accommodation on site.

Eden has developed a new strategic framework for the next phase of its growth as it continues its mission to connect people to each other and the living world.

Edward Benthall is due to become Chairman on June 1, 2015.

Sir Anthony said today of his successor: "Edward's appointment is an exciting one for Eden.  He has made a significant contribution already since joining the Trustees and I am sure the project will continue to flourish under his leadership.

"For my part, it has been an honour and a pleasure to be Chairman of the Eden Trustees for the last six years and I wish Edward and all associated with the project every possible success in the future."

Edward Benthall said:  "On behalf of the Eden Project, I would like to express our enormous depth of gratitude to Sir Anthony for his immense service to Eden not just during his Chairmanship but from the day he joined the Board.

"It is an honour to succeed him, especially during a very exciting new phase, with the focus on growth within Eden's core operations and the expansion of our charitable vision."

Edward, who joined the Eden Trust in June 2014, is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge, with a special interest in public engagement with science. For 21 years (1991 to 2012) he worked for Charterhouse Capital Partners, a long established and successful investment business specialising in private equity.

He was Chairman of the Campaign Council (2005 to 2011) for the University of Cambridge's 800th Anniversary Campaign, which raised a total of £1.2 billion.  From 2010 to 2014, he was Chairman of Cambridge Enterprise Ltd, a subsidiary of the University whose main role is to help academics to commercialise their discoveries.

In 2013, Edward led the foundation of Cambridge Innovation Capital plc, of which he is Chairman.  CIC is an investment business focusing on early stage technology businesses in Cambridge. The University is the largest shareholder in CIC.

Sir Anthony was appointed an Eden Trustee in December 2000 and became Chairman in February 2009. He is to remain on the Trust in the short term to enable him to hand over responsibilities.

Until April 2006, Sir Anthony was a Partner of the international law firm Freshfields, and for ten years the Senior Partner. Since 2006 he has been an Executive Vice Chairman at Rothschild, and since 2013 he has been Chairman of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.

He was Vice Chairman of the BBC between 2004 and 2006, and a member of the Board of the Department for Education between 2010 and 2012. He is a Trustee of the Tate Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Scott Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Conran Foundation and Reprieve. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Exeter University's Business School.

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