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Eden Project Morecambe ‘on cusp of commencing construction phase' as new group CEO announced

The Eden Project Group has appointed a new Chief Executive with the Morecambe site ‘on the cusp of commencing the construction phase’. 

The Eden Project has announced that Andy Jasper will be its new Group Chief Executive Officer, replacing Rob Chatwin who will step down in September after nearly three years in the role.

Andy will join the Eden Project in September from the National Trust where he is currently Director of Gardens and Parklands.

He joins the organisation with construction of the Eden Project Morecambe site about to go to tender and a similar plan for Dundee in Scotland having been recently granted planning permission. 

Construction is due to begin on the new £100m attraction on the central Promenade later this year. Eden Project Morecambe is due to open for small-scale community-focussed test events in 2026 with a full opening in spring 2027.

Read more: Exciting new look inside Eden Project Morecambe revealed at Winter Gardens event  

This will be Andy’s second period at the Eden Project, having previously spent 13 years as the project’s Head of Research and Evaluation where he specialised in understanding and communicating the social and economic impact of the Eden Project in Cornwall.

After leaving Eden he spent over a decade working on the transformation of garden visitor attractions in the UK and overseas. As Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, USA, he created and led a highly successful capital investment programme and reconfiguration of the South Shore gardens of Kauai.

As Programme Director of RHS Garden Wisley, he led the planning and execution of an acclaimed multimillion-pound investment programme in the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden. He also ran the garden through the pandemic years. 

Andy Jasper said: “It is such an honour to be chosen to lead the Eden Project, one of the most important, unique and forward-looking organisations of this century.

‘’We will pull out every stop to deliver the innovative new Eden Projects in Morecambe – where I have family links - and Dundee.

“I can’t wait to rejoin and lead, nurture and support the fantastic team as we take the Eden Project into its next chapter.”

Above: Outgoing Eden CEO, Rob Chatwin

Orna NiChionna, Chair of the Eden Trust said: “We are delighted to have recruited Andy Jasper as our next CEO.

‘’His career is completely aligned with our mission, ethos and level of ambition and he comes with a compelling track record of leading, motivating and empowering teams as well as delivering major capital projects that result in true transformation.

“He will be building on the excellent work carried out by our outgoing CEO, Rob Chatwin, who led our successful £50m Levelling Up Fund bid for the forthcoming Eden Project Morecambe and initiated our transition to a global, multi-site operation, including projects in China, Costa Rica and Dubai.’’

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