In the space of just over two decades, Graham Edwards has led Telereal Trillium into becoming one of the UK’s leading property management and investment outfits, managing a portfolio valued at £6 billion and boasting eminent clients such as Virgin Media, Barclays Bank and AVIVA. As one charts the history of the company from its inception in 2001 to the present, it is clear that central to its success has been the unique talents and hard work of Edwards, who has been CEO through the company’s existence.
Edwards was critical in launching the £2.4 billion property outsourcing deal that led to the creation of Telereal as a joint venture with William Pears Ltd; the 30-year deal was initiated with British Telecom – now BT Group – and saw Telereal procure 6,700 commercial properties with a total floor area of 59.2 million feet. He was also at the forefront of the negotiations in January 2009 that saw Telereal acquire Trillium from Land Securities Group PLC. The merger created Telereal Trillium as it stands today, a leading company in the commercial property market with annual revenues of more than a £1 billion (http://www.foundationforjewishheritage.com/bio-edwards.html). .
Edwards earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He worked as a fund manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Management and held the role in BT Group as head of finance for the property department. Before launching his highly successful tenure at Telereal Trillium, Edwards was chief investment officer of Talisman Global Asset Management, helping the asset management firm grow its portfolio from the assets of one family to include what is presently a total asset market value of more than £3 billion.
Today, Telereal Trillium manages 8,000 properties all across the UK, occupying an area of more than 86 million square feet and housing up to 1% of the UK’s workforce. Involved in many areas of the commercial property industry, including investment, residential development and property partnership, Telereal Trillium has seen significant growth with Graham Edwards at its head (grahamtelereal.wordpress), growth that shows no signs of being stunted or impeded anytime soon.