Lifetime Achievement Award 2000

Israel Arnold Ziff

Arnold Ziff, born in Leeds in 1927, has long been associated with Leeds and the county of Yorkshire. Educated at Roundhay School and then Leeds University, Arnold Ziff has worked on behalf of many Yorkshire organisations throughout his life and continues to give his time and energies to help numerous organisations in the county, as well as continue with his family business interests.

Following his army service in 1948, he joined the family firm Stylo PLC and was appointed its Chairman in 1966. The company is a multiple shoe manufacturing, wholesale and retail footwear Group employing 6,600 people. In 1959, he formed Town Centre Securities PLC. This investment company built and developed the Merrion Centre in Leeds, along with many other buildings in the North of England. Arnold Ziff is now Chairman.

Arnold Ziff’s involvement in the county is significant, covering a wide range of organisations. He is a founder member of the Leeds Jewish Housing Association, which built 400 homes for under privileged people of all denominations and is an Honorary Life President of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board. He is closely involved with Leeds University, as a member of the Council and of the Court, as well as the committee on art collections, gallery and sculpture studies and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Law honoris causa by the University in 1993.

Arnold Ziff has also been involved in a number of other activities in the County, including;

West Riding Medical Research Trust, Royal Russell School Appeal, Yorkshire Association of Boys Club, Leeds Whole Body Scanner Appeal, The Salvation Army West Yorkshire Consultative Board, Edward Boyle Memorial Trust, Leeds City Art Gallery, Wade’s Charity, St James Hospital, Leeds Parish Church, Lazards Ridings Unit Trust, Leeds Piano Competition, The Prince’s Youth Business Trust West Yorkshire Regional Board, RNIB, Leeds Civic Trust and The Almshouse Association.

He was appointed Freeman of the City of London in 1979 and was awarded the O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 1981. He was also appointed High Sheriff of West Yorkshire in March 1991 for the term of 1 year and retired as a Justice of the Peace in Leeds in 1997 after 30 years service.

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