Smit steps back from Eden Project chief executive role

Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of the Eden Project, has stepped aside as its chief executive. He will now focus on new developments at the attraction.
Eden executive director Gaynor Coley is also due to leave for a new job at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.
Smit's new role will develop new partnerships through a recently-created subdivision of Eden.
Eden employs more than 400 staff. Last year annual visitor numbers dropped below one million for the first time.
Eden received more than £130m from the public sector and the Millennium Commission between 2001 and 2009.  It recorded losses of nearly £2m in 2010-11 and last year announced debts of £5m.
In 2009, a report by the South West Regional Development Agency said Eden had contributed an estimated £805m to the economy and had also benefited the local area through its support of communities, schools and other groups.

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