The creation of two new Honorary Members of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Corporation of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House has been on its present Quayside site in Broad Chare since January 1505. It is a maritime authority, registered charity and landowner, an historic element in the history and tradition of the City of Newcastle and the north-east maritime community.


In over five centuries, only 34 honorary appointments have been made, but today two more names were added to that eminent list as they made their declarations in the historic setting of the House.


Mrs Susan Winfield, born and educated in the north east, has enjoyed a highly distinguished career in regional public life including leadership roles with the Probation Service, Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, and the third sector. In 2010 she served as High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear and in 2015 Susan was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, a role which she held until last year. Susan is the very first female member in the more than five-year history of The Corporation of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House.


Mr Steve Gillie FICS is Managing Director of GT Gillie & Blair Ltd and associated companies primarily engaged in ship owning, ship broking and ship agency along with some property interests.  He was also Past Chairman of the Federation Council of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. The Gillie family have been involved in the north east shipping industry since the 1860s. Steve was a Blyth Harbour Commissioner from 1991 to 2012 serving as Chairman for five years and is presently Chairman of the Port Users Group. In 2015, the Latvian Government appointed Steve as their Honorary Consul in the North of England a post which he continues to hold.