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A strong, motivational speaker on sustainability, green energy and making a difference

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Tim Smit

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Co-founder and Chief Executive of the Eden Project with the mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration

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"Tim was an inspirational speaker. He spoke for 45 minutes, without notes and just flawless, with the time that just passed and when he concluded you wanted him to carry on talking. He has our audience riveted from the moment he walked onto the stage and had them hanging onto every word. He shared so much wisdom and insight and was REAL. He will inject his passion and energy into any function and allow people to come away with a new look on life itself - a truly inspiration man and speaker."

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Keynote speaker Tim Smit KBE is famous for his work and publications on the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the award winning Eden Project in Cornwall. He is a strong motivational speaker and tells how barriers are overcome in order to make things happen.

Tim Smit (KBE) was born in Holland on September 25th 1954. At Durham University he read Archaeology and Anthropology. He worked in the music industry as composer/producer for ten years in both rock music and opera. In 1987 Tim moved to Cornwall where he and John Nelson together ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Today, he lives in Lostwithiel, Cornwall and remains a Director of the gardens.

Tim is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. In 1995, Eden began as a dream and it opened its doors to the public in 2000.  Approximately 13 million people have since come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.  Eden has contributed over £1 billion into the Cornish economy. Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.

Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member several statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally. He has been honoured with a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary CBE in the New Years Honours List and in 2007 he was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards.  In January 2011 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.  Tim was In 2011 Tim was given a special award at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.  He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of Universities.

Tim has taken part in several television and radio programmes and has been the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ and a guest on ‘Desert Island Discs’. He regularly speaks at conferences, Awards Ceremonies, dinners, and other events. Tim has the written books about both Eden and Heligan and has contributed to publications on a wide assortment of subjects. In his free time he enjoys reading, music, film and art.

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    Tim tells the story of the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan and how barriers were overcome in order to make things happen. He is a strong motivational speaker on:

    • Leadership
    • Making a difference
    • Sustainability
    • Green energy
    • How to overcome barriers.

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Tim was an inspirational speaker. He spoke for 45 minutes, without notes and just flawless, with the time that just passed and when he concluded you wanted him to carry on talking. He has our audience riveted from the moment he walked onto the stage and had them hanging onto every word. He shared so much wisdom and insight and was REAL. He will inject his passion and energy into any function and allow people to come away with a new look on life itself - a truly inspiration man and speaker.

Tatjana Keenan

Acumen Business Law

Everything we expected and more, as we said on the day, if anyone knows what it's like to restore glasshouses and walled gardens, it's Tim. We were delighted to have him here on our special day. He is a total inspiration

Emma Davies

The Walled Nursery
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5 out of 5 stars

"Tim was an inspirational speaker. He spoke for 45 minutes, without notes and just flawless, with the time that just passed and when he concluded you wanted him to carry on talking. He has our audience riveted from the moment he walked onto the stage and had them hanging onto every word. He shared so much wisdom and insight and was REAL. He will inject his passion and energy into any function and allow people to come away with a new look on life itself - a truly inspiration man and speaker."

Tatjana Keenan - Acumen Business Law See all references

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