About us

MEA House is is owned by The MEA Trust, a registered charity (No. 1074895) and is a five storey city centre office block which provides first class, fully air-conditioned, modern office accommodation to registered charities at rents below market rate. Situated in the city centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, MEA House was the first purpose-built office accommodation building designed specifically for a collection of charities. It was the brainchild of Mungo Campbell, a local businessman who had made his money in shipping. In 1959 he founded The Rothley Trust initially to provide funds for his grandchildren’s education and which later expanded to provide grants for a wide range of charitable organisations. In 1967 he set up the MEA Trust and was the major funder for MEA House.

The name MEA (pronounced Me-ar) is derived from the first letter of the first Christian name of each of the three founder members of the Rothley Trust which initiated the MEA House project and the establishment of the MEA Trust. The founders were Mungo Campbell, his wife Esther McCracken, a playwright, and Alistair Fyfe, a Newcastle solicitor.

The building was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II on 1st July 1974 and underwent a thorough £4m refurbishment in 2000 and was re-opened in 2001 by HRH Princess Royal. The building itself received a commendation from the RIBA in their national competition in 1976 and in 1979 it was given an award by the Civic Trust. MEA House has attracted a string of distinguished visitors over the years, including the Prime Minister of Norway, a future British Prime Minister and a Secretary of State for Health and Social Security. Since the building was opened, there have been visits by six other members of the Royal family through their patronage of tenant charity organisations.

Today, The Rothley Trust and the MEA Trust are administered by different Trust Boards which have operated from the same office since 1974. The MEA Trust Board has nine trustees including two tenant trustees and the Chairman is Trevor Thurlow. The Trust Director and Secretary is Ann Wynn.

The building provides over 26,000 square feet of office space. There is also a suite of meeting rooms on the top (fifth) floor, which offers panoramic views across Newcastle Upon Tyne from the Tyne to the South, to the football stadium to the West. On the ground floor, there is an auditorium with a capacity of up to 100 persons, and a break-out space for up to 35 persons.  The building is fully accessible and has a wheelchair friendly lift.

 MEA Trust Chairman Trevor Thurlow with MEA Trust Director Ann Wynn.

MEA Trust Chairman Trevor Thurlow with MEA Trust Director Ann Wynn.


Trust Office telephone: 0191 255 1900

Trust office e-mail mail@meatrust.co.uk

Copies of the MEA Trust Annual Accounts are available at www.charity-commission.gov.uk

Click here to view the MEA Trust Trustees

Click here to view or download the MEA House brochure


The marketing of MEA House is crucial to ensure continued occupancy in a competitive market and whilst charities can elect to occupy commercial office space, MEA House is unable to reciprocate due to the covenants imposed on the MEA Trust when MEA House was first opened by HM The Queen in 1974 as a building purely for the benefit of the voluntary sector.  The use of social media plays a major role in all aspects of day-to-day life and MEA House needs to embrace all social media platforms to promote it and extend its reach as far and wide as possible.

The MEA Trust has a vacancy on its board for someone with marketing and communications experience, someone with an understanding of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. with an ability to identify exactly what MEA House has to promote and communicating it to the world at large.   

Your commitment to the MEA Trust would involve attending board meetings four times a year, generally of 2-3 hours duration, together with involving yourself with the workings of the Trust and the Trust Director from MEA House which is anticipated to be in the region of approximately 10-12 hours per month.  Being a Trustee is not remunerated, but any expenses incurred will be reimbursed.  If this opportunity appeals to you, please contact Ann Wynn, MEA Trust Director on 0191 255 1901 or email ann.wynn@meatrust.co.uk or write to her at MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8XS with a copy of your CV and a brief proposal of how you could assist the work of MEA House. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Page updated 21st March 2017