Chris Hines MBE

Former Sustainability Director of The Eden Project and environmental expert

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Chris has been working and campaigning for the environment for 30 years and revels in inspiring positive change.

He was a Co-founder and then Director of Surfers Against Sewage from 1990 till 2000. Regarded as “some of the Government’s most sophisticated environmental critics” by the BBC and “Britain’s coolest pressure group.” By the Independent, the SAS helped deliver massive environmental improvements. Chris was then Sustainability Director at the Eden Project for 5 years. This included conceiving and delivering “Waste Neutral”, an early version of the circular economy and helping embed the triple bottom line of sustainable business practice throughout the organisation. He’s given evidence to the UK parliament, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the European Commission, briefed the President of the European Parliament, been a special advisor to the Minister for the Environment and appeared on a wide range of media from BBC World Service and Panorama to CNN.

In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for “services to the environment” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth. Surfers Path Inaugural Green Wave Award winner (a global award).

Has given presentations to a wide range of groups and organisations from BMW Guggenheim Future Lab to the Dutch Tax Office, Bombay Sapphire, Lonely Planet, the National Grid and the Global Surf Cities Conference and International Schools in the Hague and Geneva.

He now aims to deliver positive change by working with clients with a shared vision, including sitting on the BBC’s Sustainability Advisory Group.

Chris works on strategic planning, communications, leadership and embedding sustainability principles as part of a profitable business, and strongly believes that business can be a force for good in a challenging world.

Oh and he still gets plenty of surfing in!

Speech Topics

In addition to sustainability and environmental issues, Chris Hines MBE is a highly effective speaker on communications, motivation, leadership and lobbying / interacting with Government bodies.

Chris has delivered motivational and change speeches and talks to a wide range of organisations, from the senior management of the National Grid, through to Lerryn Village Women's Institute. Talks can be tailored specifically for the audience.


Your presentation was passionate, engaging, thought provoking and really connected with the audience. Tackling climate change and the ability of individuals to make a difference are both vital messages and you really brought them to life. I hugely enjoyed and valued your contribution and I have had lots of great feedback from the delegates. Absolutely first rate.

Nick Winser, Executive Director, National Grid.

Chris Hines is unique. His enthusiasm, practical application and idealism create an unstoppable combination that inspired Eden from its early days to follow a course towards sustainability that was rational, realistic and, ultimately inspirational. The man is, quite frankly, a national treasure.

Tim Smit, CEO the Eden Project.

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 UK.

Your presentation was brilliant! Your score on the evaluation was "excellent" so thank you so much.

NHS - Integrated Service Improvement Programme, Seize the Moment - Successfully Managing Complex Change Conference.

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