Telereal Trillium has had a significant impact in shaping the property market of the United Kingdom in the twenty-first century. As one of the UK’s largest property companies, Telereal Trillium now manages a portfolio worth £6 billion. That portfolio currently comprises properties with a total floor area of 86 million square feet and is responsible for housing 1% of the UK’s workforce. With such an impressive influence on the state of the UK’s modern housing market, one can’t help but wonder about the people who are contributing to Telereal Trillium’s success. To answer that question, look no further than the company’s chief executive officer, Graham Edwards.
Graham Edwards has been with the company since the initial creation of Telereal in 2001 (http://www.foundationforjewishheritage.com/bio-edwards.html). He has held the title of CEO during his entire tenure with the company and has played a significant role in shaping first Telereal, and later Telereal Trillium.
A seminal moment in the creation of Telereal was initiated in December of 2001. At that time, Edwards led Telereal into a 30-year strategic property partnership with BT Plc, formerly British Telecom. The deal involved the majority of the UK estate owned by BT. In a transaction worth about £2.38 billion, Telereal acquired 6,700 properties with a total floor area of 59.2 million square feet. The contract signed with BT served to create Telereal. At that time, Telereal was a joint venture between Land Securities Trillium and Pears, otherwise known as The B Pears Trust and William Pears Group.
After many years guiding Telereal, Edwards again made a major mark on the company. In January of 2009, Edwards led the negotiations that resulted in the acquisition of Trillium from Land Securities Group Plc. While formally creating the company as it is known in its present-day form, the transaction also cemented Telereal Trillium as the market leader in property outsourcing. The deal further served to underscore the company’s expertise in property partnerships, investment, and development, ultimately creating a business whose annual revenues top £1 billion.
Where The Idea Came From
Before joining Telereal Trillium, Edwards served as the chief investment officer of Talisman Global Asset Management, having established it as the Pears FSA registered asset management arm. Originally incorporated in 1998 as the asset management arm of a single family, Talisman has grown precipitously over the years. Beginning with initial investment capital totaling £50 million, today Talisman has assets under management in excess of £1 billion.
Before his time at Talisman Global Asset Management, Edwards also held positions as a fund manager with Merrill Lynch Investment Management and served as the head of finance for the property department of the BT Group Plc.
Under the leadership of Graham Edwards, Telereal Trillium has focused on developing guiding business principles that have served to drive the success of the company. A core tenant of these principles is the acknowledgment that while real estate can be a complex business, Telereal Trillium can best serve its customers by removing the complexities of the industry and delivering straightforward solutions.
As enumerated in their core business principles, and in the pursuit of delivering the best possible outcomes to their customers, Telereal Trillium relies on a number of guiding policies garnered through years of experience.
The company has a clear philosophy of creating an environment where talented people can fulfill their potential and prosper and in the use of commercial acumen and intellectual rigor to chart a successful course through the myriad of challenges created by property development and investment. Seeing the growth and stability that Graham Edwards has been able to deliver in his role as CEO, it is clear to see how these principals are truly representative of how Telereal Trillium approaches all of its dealings.
Telereal Trillium’s Recognition
Perhaps some of the clearest indicators of the success Graham Edwards has been able to achieve are the clients that Telereal Trillium has brought on board during his tenure as CEO (News.Cision). Telereal Trillium currently services a variety of clients from many industries with notable names. A few such notable mentions include Virgin Media, Royal Mail, Barclays, BT, The Birmingham City Council, and The Department for Work and Pensions. These companies, as well as others, put their faith in Telereal Trillium in part due to its enduring reputation for excellence.
Another indication of this reputation can be found in the litany of awards with which Telereal Trillium has been presented under Edwards’ stewardship. In 2006, the company was presented with the Investors in People award. In 2009 they were selected for The Norwood Property Lunch Property Deal of the Year award. In 2016 Telereal Trillium was singled out as Tomorrow’s People Awards ‘Corporate Supporter of the Year’. 2016 was also the year the company was recognized on The Sunday Times Top Track List of 100 Biggest Privately-Owned Companies. While the number of awards presented to Telereal Trillium goes on for quite some length, even this snapshot of the company’s recognition speaks to the quality of its work year after year.
It is that continued commitment to quality and hard work that may well end up as Graham Edwards’ most enduring legacy at Telereal Trillium. Since 2001, his efforts as the company’s CEO have brought many years of success that have relied on not only his expertise but a company-wide ethos of diligence and a focus on stable growth. With Telereal Trillium and Graham Edwards continuing to make waves in the world of property investment, we can expect to continue to hear of their successes for years to come.