The Eden Project Group has named a new CEO.

Andy Jasper will replace Rob Chatwin, who is set to step down in September after nearly three years in the role.

Jasper will join the Eden Project from the National Trust where he is currently director of gardens and parklands.

He joins at an exciting new phase in the Eden Project’s history, with Eden Project Morecambe about to go to tender and Eden Project Dundee having been recently granted planning permission.

In his current role, Jasper is responsible for more than 500 years of horticultural heritage across 222 gardens and parklands in the National Trust. He is head of profession for a team of more than 750 horticulturists (106 of whom are head gardeners) and around 50 apprentices.

This will be his second period at the Eden Project, having previously spent 13 years as head of research and vvaluation where he specialised in understanding and communicating the social and economic impact of the Eden Project in Cornwall.

After leaving Eden he spent over a decade working on the transformation of garden visitor attractions in the UK and overseas. As director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, he created and led a highly successful capital investment programme and reconfiguration of the South Shore gardens of Kauai.

As programme director of RHS Garden Wisley, he led the planning and execution of an acclaimed multimillion-pound investment programme in the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden. He also ran the garden through the pandemic years.

“As a Cornishman, I look forward to returning to the spectacular Eden Project in Cornwall, where I laid the foundations of a global career,” he said.

“It is such an honour to be chosen to lead the Eden Project, one of the most important, unique and forward-looking organisations of this century. We will pull out every stop to deliver the innovative new Eden Projects in Morecambe – where I have family links – and Dundee.

“I can’t wait to rejoin and lead, nurture and support the fantastic team as we take the Eden Project into its next chapter.”