Sir Tim Smit KBE was born in Holland on 25 September 1954. He read Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University and worked for ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera. In 1987 he and John Nelson together ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Sir Tim Smit remains a Director of the gardens to the present day.
Sir Tim Smit is Executive Chairman, Eden Regeneration Ltd., Co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall and a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally.
He has received 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 January 2011 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. This appointment was made substantive in June 2012 when he became a British Citizen. He has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of Universities.
Sir Tim Smit is a regular speaker at conferences, dinners, Awards Ceremonies and other events. He is the author of books about both Heligan and Eden and he has contributed to publications on a wide variety of subjects.