Leeds-based property developer and company of Connect Yorkshire EIR Edward Ziff, Town Centre Securities has appointed the property director at department store chain John Lewis to its board.
Jeremy Collins will take up a position as non-executive director with effect from 1 February 2018.
Collins is currently property director at John Lewis and will leave his current role as at the end of January. He joined John Lewis in 2003 as head of retail development, becoming property director in 2010, and has overseen the significant expansion of the partnership’s department store estate from 24 to 51 shops during that time.
He worked for Lend Lease between 1998 and 2003, in the roles of head of retail and project director, and his career has also included roles at MEPC, Grosvenor Square Properties, Bredero Properties and Wirral Borough Council.
Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of TCS, said: “We are delighted Jeremy is joining our Board. He brings 35 years of commercial property experience and a unique perspective on retail development and management having worked for a local authority and several property companies.
“Jeremy’s appointment continues our board succession planning with three new non-executive directors, a new executive director and a new finance director appointed over the last three years, adding the additional skills and experience necessary to manage an ambitious real estate business.”
Jeremy Collins added: “I am delighted to be joining the board of Town Centre Securities, at such an exciting time for the company. Its family origins and values, and its long-term perspective, resonates very strongly with me.
“I am looking forward to helping the business to adapt to the rapidly changing retail environment, and to continuing its role as a leading regeneration specialist in major cities such as Leeds and Manchester. This new role is an exciting start to my new portfolio of interests.”