Name: Tim Smit
Field: Founder of the Eden Project
Tim Smit CBE was born in 1954 in the fishing village of Scheveningen in Holland.
Tim is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public for an exhibition in 2000. The press dubbed it the Eighth Wonder of the World . To date more than 4 Million people have walked through its gateway.
Eden is rated Number 4 for paid for Visitor Attractions. In the last 18 months the Project has picked up the prestigious Excellence in England Large Attraction of the Year Award and has been handed two years running by the Group Travel Industry as best Long Visit Attraction.
In 2000 Tim was given the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in the UK Award by the English Tourism Council for his work at the Eden Project and in 2001 his book, Eden, was published by Bantam press.
In his free time, Tim enjoys reading, film and being the occasional roadie for his sons rock band.