Since its founding in 2001 as Telereal, property management company Telereal Trillium has grown into one of the UK’s largest and most profitable commercial property outfits, offering partnership, development and investment services to clients. With annual revenues of more than £1 billion, and a portfolio worth more than £6 billion constituting properties that occupy over 86 million square, Telereal Trillium, under long-time CEO Graham Edwards, has maintained business relationships with leading private and governmental organizations such as Barclays Bank, Virgin Media, the Department for Work & Pensions and the Birmingham City Council, among others.
Edwards was integral to the creation of Telereal in 2001, and has been CEO of the company through the length of its existence. He helped broker the strategic property partnership with British Telecom (now BT Group plc) that led to the formation of Telereal in the first place (Glassdoor). The 30-year deal saw Telereal acquire 6,700 properties, representing the bulk of British Telecom’s UK property holdings and covering a floor space of 59 million square feet. An acquisition of the BBC’s property portfolio shortly after served to legitimize the company as a force in the commercial property market, and set up Edwards’ tenure at the head of the organization as one marked by constant growth.
Edwards was also central, in 2009, to the acquisition of Trillium from Land Securities Group plc. The subsequent merger of Telereal and Trillium led to the company as it currently operates and is known.
Graham Edwards is the holder of a Master’s in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s with Distinction in International Relations from King’s College. He worked as a fund manager with Merrill Lynch Investment Management and held the position of head of finance for BT Group’s property department.
Prior to his tenure at Telereal Trillium, he was chief investment officer of Talisman Global Asset Management, and was integral in its growth from the capital management arm of a single family’s £50 million finances to a company currently boasting an investment portfolio valued at over £3 billion.