Gordon Seabright appointed Eden Project director and executive committee chair

Seabright, currently head of the national cycling charity CTC, will focus on the day-to-day running and development of the visitor attraction in Cornwall

Gordon Seabright
Gordon Seabright

The company that runs the Eden Project visitor attraction in Cornwall on behalf of a charitable trust has appointed Gordon Seabright as its new director.

Seabright has been chief executive of the national cycling charity CTC since March 2012. Before that he was acting director general of the Royal Horticultural Society.

He will also chair the executive committee of the Eden Project Ltd, which also includes David Harland, finance director at Eden, and Peter Stewart, its campaigns and communications director.

The charity said it would not confirm the salaries of any named individuals, but it said earlier this year that the highest-paid member of staff received £120,000 a year.

The charity said that Seabright, who will take up his new post in May, would focus on the day-to-day running and development of the project.

Last year, the joint chief executives, Tim Smit and Gaynor Coley, both left their roles at the Eden Project.

Smit, a co-founder of the project, became chair of the Eden Regeneration Trust, an initiative that will develop new project ideas for the visitor attraction. Coley was made executive director of the Eden Project but left in the autumn to become director of public programmes at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, south-west London.

The Eden Project Ltd is a subsidiary of the Eden Trust, a registered charity. The company is managed by a board of directors overseen by the trustees of the charitable trust.

In January, the project reported a loss of £6.41m once depreciation was taken into account for the financial year to March 2013. The loss occurred after visitor numbers dropped to 953,000 in 2012 – the first time they had fallen below the million mark in the project’s history. It has also cut staffing numbers in recent years from about 500 full-time equivalent posts to 375 in 2014.

Judith Donovan, chair of the Eden Project, said: "We are delighted to be able to strengthen the existing Eden senior team with the addition of Gordon Seabright. He joins a committed and dedicated team who have all worked tirelessly to ensure Eden's long-term future. We are excited about the prospects for the coming year both in Cornwall and further afield."

CTC has begun advertising for a new chief executive at £72,000 a year. Carol McKinley, the charity’s operations director, will be the interim chief executive during the handover period.

David Cox, CTC’s chair of council, said in a statement: "In his two-year tenure, Gordon has had a big impact on CTC. I want to extend my thanks for all Gordon has done for both CTC and for cycling, and I wish him well in his future career."

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