The former Eden Project Director, Chris Hines was also a founding member and Director of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS); between 1990 and 2000. “Some of the government’s most sophisticated environmental critics” BBC News & Current Affairs. “Britain’s coolest pressure group” The Independent. Runner up in 1999 Green Politics Award. Solution based, he helped deliver a £5 billion spend, on UK coastline.
Chris Hines: Giving Evidence
Chris has given evidence to: Commons and Lords Select Committees, Monopolies & Mergers Commission and the European Parliament & Commission. He was called as a special adviser, to the Rt. Hon Michael Meacher MP Minister for the Environment.
Chris’ media credits include everything from; Panorama, to BBC Newsnight live, BBC Children’s TV, the BBC World Service and CNN Skewed View. He also co-wrote and presented three shows called What On Earth, besides Melinda Messenger.
Time to Waste
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 a look at the whole issue of waste. As well as Waste Neutral, Chris Hines was responsible for Eden’s sustainability programme; including 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.
In October 2003, Chris was selected for and attended the 9th Commonwealth Study Conference in Australia; 208 delegates from 40 countries, aimed at future leaders in society. The theme of the 2003 Tour was “People First in a Global Community” and included access to all sectors; from the homeless in Canberra, to the Chief of Military Staff for Australia. He has been a member of; Sustainability South West, and a member of the Environment Agency Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committee; and the Strategic Panel of Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership.
Through his work at SAS and at the Eden Project, Chris Hines 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 featured as one of the Daily Telegraph’s Eco Heroes. He has received an Honorary Doctorate, from the University of Plymouth.
Chris Hines was awarded the MBE, for services to the environment; in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In April 2014 Chris was asked to join the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group. Chris is now working as an independent consultant and communicator. He is a highly effective speaker on:
- Motivation and Leadership
- Change Management
- Financial Viability of Organisations
- Lobbying and Interacting with Government
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Chris Hines
APMG International Showcase
He was brilliant. Perfect for the audience.
Nick Winser, Executive Director, National Grid
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.
Nelisha Wickremasinghe, Senior Programme Director, Common Purpose
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.