The Eden Project announced today that Edward Benthall is to be appointed chairman of trustees, taking over from Sir Anthony Salz.
Benthall’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 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.
Sir Anthony said 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, who is due to become chairman on June 1, joined the Eden Trust in June 2014. He 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.