Former Eden Project Director, Chris Hines was also a founding member and Director of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) between 1990 and 2000 who were branded “Some of the government’s most sophisticated environmental critics” BBC News and Current Affairs. Solution based, Chris has helped deliver £5 billion spend on UK coastline.
Chris has given evidence to Commons and Lords Select Committees, Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the European Parliament and Commission and was called as a special advisor to the Rt.Hon Michael Meacher MP Minister for the Environment. Chris was recently awarded an MBE for Services to the Environment.
Chris’ media credits include everything from Panorama to BBC Newsnight live, BBC Children’s TV and the BBC World Service and CNN Skewed View. He also co-wrote and co-presented three programmes called What On Earth with Melinda Messenger.
From December 2001 until September 2007 Chris was the Sustainability Director at the Eden Project. He conceived and implemented the Waste Neutral concept which is an innovative look at the whole issue of waste. As well as Waste Neutral Chris was responsible for Eden’s sustainability programme, including the implementation of the PANTS process – Eden’s version of triple bottom line accounting. This aimed to ensure that Eden walked the talk and was a leader not only rhetoric but also in the operation of its own site.
Through his work at SAS and at the Eden Project Chris has developed a deep understanding of the issues relating to the three main pillars of sustainability, namely the balance between social, environmental and financial aspects. He is a strong advocate of the business case for sustainability and was recently featured as one of the Daily Telegraph’s Eco Heroes.
Chris is a highly effective speaker on: Communications, motivation and leadership, financial viability of an organization, lobbying and interacting with Government bodies. Along with sustainability and the environment.
“Chris Hines is a born story teller and his own story is one worth hearing. Entertaining, intriguing, motivating and inspiring. He always leaves behind a room full of energy and excitement”’ Nelisha Wickremasinghe, Senior Programme Director, Common Purpose