Sir Tim steps aside at Eden

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The co-founder of the Eden Project, Sir Tim Smit, has stepped aside as chief executive.

It is being reported that Sir Tim, who founded the tourist attraction in 2001, will instead take on a new role within the organisation as executive chairman of Eden Regeneration, a recently-formed division focussed on creating new projects and partnerships.

The news comes just days after it was revealed that executive director Gaynor Coley was leaving to take up a new position at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

While The Eden Project has been a massive success story for Cornwall, it hasn’t been immune from the recession.

Visitor numbers fell in 2012, while earlier this year it was forced to cut 53 jobs in an effort to save £2M a year.

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