Before becoming the CEO of Telereal Trillium, Graham Edwards earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge. He then went on to work at several important companies. For example, he worked at Merrill Lynch investment management, was the head of finance while working for BT group Plc’s property department, and served as Chief Investment Officer at Talisman global Asset Management. However, it was his position as the CEO of Telereal that Allowed him to play such a big part in the Merger of Telereal and Trillium.
Graham Edwards played an integral part in the formation of Telereal Trillium (Premiergazette). In 2001, he helped form Telereal through an agreement between Trillium and William Pears group. After the formation of the company, Edwards took over as CEO. Ian Ellis was serving as the CEO of Trillium at the time. The two of them stayed in close contact during this time; Telereal and Trillium even shared a building.
In 2009, Graham Edwards learned of the opportunity to acquire Trillium. He didn’t waste time and called Ellis to make Telereal’s interest in the company known. He then went on to lead the negotiations for the merger of Telereal and Trillium. The new company now manages properties worth around £6 billion and totaling 68 million square feet. A testament to the enormous scale of their investments, 1% of the United Kingdom’s workforce is housed by Telereal Trillium.
Since the merger, Telereal Trillium has been the recipient of several awards including Tomorrows People Award’s “Corporate Supporter of the Year” in 2016 and was named on Sunday Times Top Tracks 100 biggest Privately-Owned companies. However, it is Telereal Trillium’s passion for community that sets it apart. The company has been the recipient of the Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award, receiving the gold award 7 times and the platinum award 3 times, for it’s donation matching scheme which allows employees to donate to a charity of their choice while matching that donation up to £2500.