Eden structure and team
As a visitor 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
- Geoffrey Austin
- Professor Adam Beaumont
- Kevin Havelock
- Georgina Mace
- Sir Ferrers Vyvyan
- Fiona Godlee
- John Allwood
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.
- Sanjeev Gandhi, Non-Executive Chair of Eden Project Ltd
- Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice Chair of EPL and Executive Chairman EPIL
- David Harland, Interim Executive Director of EPL
- Si Bellamy OBE, Interim Managing Director of EPL
- Peter Stewart MVO, board director of EPL
- Peter Wroe, board director of EPL
- Angela Marshall, non-executive board director of EPL
- Caroline White, non-executive board director of EPL
- Christian Wilson, non-executive board director of EPL
- Katey Adderley, non-executive board director of EPL
- Ashley Highfield, non-executive board director of EPL
The EPIL Board
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.
- Sir Tim Smit KBE – Executive Co-Chair of EPIL and Executive Vice Chair of EPL
- Helen Owers – Non-Executive Co-Chair of EPIL
- David Harland – CEO of EPIL
- Keric Morris – non-executive board director of EPIL
- Professor Adam Beaumont – non-executive board director of EPIL
- Mike Depledge - non-executive board director of EPIL
- Emma Bridgewater - non-executive board director of EPIL
- Sir Ken Robinson - non-executive board director of EPIL
- Geoffrey Wilkinson - non-executive board director of EPIL
As we enter our 20th year and look ahead to the massive global challenges of a new decade, we have appointed four world-renowned leaders as the first-ever Eden Ambassadors. Our co-founder Sir Tim Smit assembled the team as part of a bold new plan for an Eden Life Systems Academy of our outer estate.
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.