Leading UK property investment

With almost 60 years’ experience, a commitment to sustainable development and a reputation for quality and innovation, TCS create outstanding mixed use developments close to transport hubs in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London.

Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) is a leading UK property investment & development company with property assets of over £400 million.

TCS has a high quality portfolio around the UK comprising of office and retail accommodation – over 900,000 sq ft of retail space and over 360,000 sq ft of prime office space.

With more than 50 years’ experience, a commitment to sustainable development and a reputation for quality & innovation, TCS create outstanding mixed use developments close to transport hubs in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and London.

Committed to tenants and shareholders, TCS provides world-class residential, office and commercial accommodation and robust investment opportunities through a high quality portfolio that delivers an annual income of more than £26m.

Management Team

Executive Directors

Dr. Edward Ziff OBE

Chairman & Chief Executive

Edward Ziff joined the Company in 1981, before being appointed to the Board in 1985. He became Managing Director in 1993, Chief Executive in 2001 and succeeded his Father and founder of the company as Chairman in 2004.

Edward is a life-long supporter of the city of Leeds and plays an active role in the community, bringing a strong pastoral care aspect to the business, encouraging individual leadership and an active role in the community through local charities and through his role as Chair and…

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Lynda Shillaw

Group Property Director

Lynda joined Town Centre Securities in November 2018 from Manchester Airports Group (‘MAG’) where she served as the Divisional Chief Executive Officer, Property.

Lynda has a proven track record of developing and implementing strategy to both operate and leverage value from large, diverse non-core portfolios with experience that ranges from the operational environments of telephone exchanges, to large central London and national office estates, hotels, logistics and warehousing at Airports, and…

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Mark Dilley

Finance Director

Mark joined the Board on 10 July 2017 from Asda Stores Limited (part of Walmart) where he held a number of senior finance roles over the last fourteen years, including most recently as Vice President, Retail and Property Finance where he was responsible for all Asda stores and distribution centres as well as new store acquisitions.

Prior to Asda, Mark held senior finance positions at JP Morgan in London for six years. Mark is a graduate of the University of Oxford and is a qualified accountant.

Ben Ziff

Managing Director | CitiPark

Ben expertly merges his three passions into his professional career: technology, energy and the automotive sector.

Ben joined Town Centre Securities as an Assistant Asset Manager in 2008 and drove his innovation into assessment and improvement of the business.

Ben’s vision to prolong and offer further generations of service led to his movement into the car park subsidiary as Managing Director.

Ben steamed south through Greater and Central London and north into Edinburgh to secure 5 new car…

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Non-executive Directors

Michael Ziff

Non-Executive Director

Michael Ziff was appointed in July 2004. He is a Director of W Barratt & Co Ltd owner of famous footwear brands Barratts, Saxone, Priceless and Stylo Matchmaker.

Transworld Business Advisors UK LTD, the UK franchise of one of the worlds largest business brokerages.
Mr Arkwrights Emporium Franchise LTD, a UK hardware and homeware franchise retaile…

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Ian Marcus

Non-Executive Director

Ian joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 19th December 2014.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1981 with a degree in Land Economy.

Ian was in the banking industry for over 32 years having previously worked for Bank of America, UBS, NatWest and Bankers Trust/Deutsche, always focusing on the real estate industry. Ian joine…

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Paul Huberman

Non-Executive Director

Paul joined the board as a non-executive Director on 19th December 2014 and brings over 28 years’ experience in the property and finance sector. Paul was previously finance director at quoted property companies Grantchester Holdings plc and Asda Property Holdings plc and managed pubs group Regent Inns plc.

Paul is a non-executive director at Galli…

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Jeremy Collins

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy joined the board on 1st February 2018 and gained significant retail property development and management experience over 35 years.

He joined John Lewis in 2003 as Head of Retail Development, becoming Property Director in 2010, and oversaw the significant expansion of the Partnership’s Department Store estate from 24 to 51 shops during his t…

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TCS was founded by Arnold Ziff in 1959 and floated on the London Stock Exchange in September 1960.

Always a forward-thinking organisation, TCS quickly built a reputation for pushing the boundaries with landmark developments and strong growth through active management and design innovation.

With firm foundations in the north of England and Scotland, TCS is acknowledged as a pioneer of the mixed-use scheme. TCS is involved in a number of large-scale regeneration and new build developments.

TCS is committed to sustainable development, high environmental standards and active local community participation, with a property portfolio exceeding £400m and an annual income of over £30m.

Mission Statement


TCS is a leading property investment and car parking operator committed to creating flexible, innovative, high quality commercial and retail accommodation and maximising shareholder value over the long term through the acquisition and active management of property in sustainable locations.

Mission Statement

TCS recognise the importance of Health & Safety at work.

Town Centre Securities PLC (the Company) recognises that under the Health & Safety at Work act 1974 and other relevant statutory legislation it has duties to its employees, those not of its employment and the environment.

TCS will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees and anyone affected by its actions or those of its employees.

This is done by ensuring that all employees play an active part in the health and safety of the company and by providing adequate information, instruction, training and supervision for them to understand their role within the company

Corporate Social Responsibility

Proud to have long-standing links with local and national charities across the UK.

In recognition of the importance of this commitment to our business, our CSR Coordinator, Charlotte Daisy Leeming has expanded our involvement in local charitable and community organisations for TCS and CitiPark.

The charities we partnered with in 2017 were: Candlelighters, The Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Variety The Children’s Charity, LionHeart, The British Legion and, most recently, Autism Angels. In addition to those partnerships we have sponsored a number of stand alone initiatives.

In total, charitable donations by the company amounted to £125,000
(£121,000 in 2015-16), around £35,000 of which were raised through events, collections and competitions in the Merrion Centre alone.

A key element of our work in the local community is our partnerships with local schools as well as our continued support of Child Friendly Leeds (from whom we won an award through recognising our contribution as one of their ‘Gold Ambassadors’). It is our firm belief that by supporting children and young adults in the local community, we can ensure a brighter future for the city of Leeds.

We are actively seeking further partnerships and opportunities to further our work in this area and already have some
exciting initiatives in the pipeline, including increasing the scope of our mentoring and work experience offering for
local children and young adults in partnership with social enterprise ‘Ahead Partnership’.

Many of our Executive Directors have given time and personal commitment to one of our nominated charities by holding
leadership positions. Edward Ziff OBE, is the Chairman and Trustee of the Leeds Teaching Hospital Charitable Foundation
and continues a long association with the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and Richard Lewis was Chairman of Trustees of the
LionHeart charity until July 2017.



Town Centre House


Town Centre House is the only refurbished building in Leeds to have achieved a BREEAM Excellent. During the refurbishment programme, a holistic approach was taken to improve the environmental performance of the building. The most efficient new heating and lighting systems were installed, resulting in a significant reduction of both the building’s carbon footprint and its running costs. TCS has engaged with the CarbonNeutral Company to make the development a carbon neutral project using the carbon generated through the building’s construction and occupation to generate credits to support an environmental technical project to help tackle climate change and reduce global carbon emissions.



The first office to be completed Piccadilly Basin, which was handed over to the tenant BDP in March 2008, was the first naturally ventilated building in Manchester to achieve a BREEAM 2006 rating of Excellent for sustainability. TCS, together with BDP as occupier and Kier North West as building contractor, has worked with the CarbonNeutral Company to ensure the development is carbon neutral, to offset the carbon generated during the construction process and a 20 year occupancy period. The carbon credits were used to support an environmental project to aid in the construction of a hydropower project in China.

TCS is committed to creating vibrant, sustainable developments that meet the needs of tenants and investors while focusing on the preservation of our heritage, local communities, the environment, its biodiversity and wildlife. Dedicated to creating developments that meet the highest BREEAM ratings and as a member of the FTSE4 Good Index Series, TCS has comprehensive strategies and annual targets that reflect our commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance. TCS are committed to the reduction of energy consumption and harmful emissions through design solutions that minimise the energy requirements of the construction process and a careful consideration of the environmental impact of the finished building. Focussing on sustainable living and working, TCS create developments that have a long-term future as part of vibrant, energetic cities. Based in carefully researched locations and taking full advantage of regeneration opportunities, TCS schemes are designed to enhance the local environment and offer desirable future-proof accommodation for business and the community.

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