ICSC: International Council of Shopping Centers

European Shopping Centre Trust

European Shopping Centre Trust

The ESCT was established when the European Council integrated with the International Council of Shopping Centres in 1998. Accumulated surplus member funds were put into trust for the benefit of the industry. Trustees are all senior professionals from the retail real estate industry, taking responsibility for the right allocation of funds. The Trustees meet three times a year, normally in February, June and October.

What ESCT does

  1. Supports the Next Generation
  2. Promotes pan-European research
  3. Finances educational initiatives and scholarships

To ensure continuity for the future, the Trustees welcome donations from companies and individuals. Specific programmes can be sponsored and be recognised with the donor company or individual so that they can engage in social and corporate giving.

The advantage of this is that ECST will promote a co-ordinated education programme and monitor its implementation, whilst the benefactor can quite rightly receive the accolade they deserve for assisting the industry and giving something back to the wider community.

Any Trustee may be approached in confidence for initial enquiries.

Trustees

Wolfgang Bays

Wolfgang R. Bays
Germany

Chair, ESCT

"The future success and profitability of retail real estate relies on people who have the right knowledge and drive to navigate their companies to greater success"

 

Bertrand Courtois-Suffit

Bertrand Courtois-Suffit
France

Vice Chair, ESCT 

“One of ESCT’s main investments has been the financial support of students attending the respected annual ICSC European Retail Property School, who were unable to secure funding to do this elsewhere.”

 

Derek Barker

Derek Barker
United Kingdom

Honorary Treasurer, ESCT

“Successful retail development supports local communities across Europe, boosting local economies and delivering employment opportunities.”

 

Arcadio Gil

Arcadio Gil
Spain

Chief Executive Officer, LaSBA

“Europe’s shopping centre market requires high level knowledge and skills. Permanent education and research development help dynamic companies and professionals to stand for a more competitive future."

 

Jaap Gillis

Jaap Gillis
The Netherlands

“The work of the European Shopping Centre Trust makes an essential contribution to the industry.”

Avi Alkas


 

 


Avi Alkas
Turkey

Chairman, JLL Turkey

“I am passionate about the need for good quality professional education because I know the difference it can make to a career.”

 

Neil Mitchenall


Neil Mitchenall

United Kingdom

Turst Enforcer, ESCT
Co-Founder Lunson Mitchenall