Our Leadership

Here at On Line Design we are proud to have a leadership with in excess of 100 years combined experience and practical knowledge of a variety of Engineering disciplines; meaning that all key decisions within the company are made with the best interests of the Company and clients at heart.

Executive Directors


Brendan Conlan

Brendan Conlan

Managing Director

Brendan became Managing Director in February 2015 and is responsible for strategy, quality management and engineering governance within the company. Brendan also takes a leading role in the development of engineers as a whole; he is on the Board of Directors for the Humber UTC, where he is passionate about ensuring that the required skills and experience are retained within the engineers of the future. Brendan is also Chair of the HCF Catch Board and Facility.

Prior to joining the Company, Brendan was the Operations & Engineering Manager at Centrica Storage Limited who supply 75% of the UK’s gas storage.       With 25 years of international industry experience in the Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Waste Management, Petrochemical and FMCG industries. Brendan is an invaluable asset to the company.

Duncan Russell

Duncan Russell

Engineering Director

Duncan is responsible for the technical performance of the Company, which comprises in excess of 200 engineering personnel covering all major disciplines including civil, structural, piping, mechanical, pipe stress, electrical, instrumentation and process design. Duncan is also responsible for ensuring compliance with key industry regulations.

Duncan joined the Company in 1987 as a graduate trainee and rose through the ranks to become Engineering Director in 2006. Duncan has worked across a diverse range of disciplines and sectors, including 5 years as a structural designer followed by 5 years experience as a piping designer/checker, 7 years as a project engineer and 2 years as Head of Piping and Stress.

Graham Mumby

Graham Mumby

Commercial Director

As Commercial Director Graham is responsible for identifying new commercial activities and driving business growth, pursuing new opportunities for the company and developing new client relationships.

Graham has been with the Company since 1989 and has substantial experience in the steel, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries through roles in instrumentation engineering. Graham’s extensive knowledge of project and programme management, proven leadership skills and motivational approach make him a valuable asset to On Line Design.

Steve Laird

Steve Laird

Group Finance Director

Steve oversees all financial aspects of company strategy for the On Line Group, including accounting, financial planning and budgeting, auditing, policy management and regulatory compliance.

Additional responsibilities include maintaining the flow of financial information to the Chairman, the board and, where necessary, external parties such as financial institutions.

Steve joined the Group in 1996 before taking the helm of the company’s accounts in 2002. Over the years, Steve has risen through the ranks to become Group Finance Director, working on a variety of projects significant to the Group, including the acquisition and formation of Anglia Engineering Solutions, the restructuring of the Group and formation of On Line Design & Engineering Group Limited.

Phil Chapman

Phil Chapman

Project Delivery Director

Phil’s role as Project Delivery Director makes him accountable for the timely delivery of all of the Company’s projects from initial conception, through design, construction and commissioning. He is responsible for all project related personnel across the business, including our Project and Construction Managers and Engineers in addition to our project support personnel e.g. planning, procurement and documentation etc.

Prior to joining the Company, Phil was employed by Birse Group Limited before their acquisition by Balfour Beatty and since then during his career with On Line has worked with a large number of blue chip Refining, Gas and Petrochem companies. Phil is a Qualified Engineer and also a member of the Association of Project Managers. He has in-depth knowledge of many of the Company’s clients and sites, having been involved in both the design and delivery of many of the Company’s major projects.

Non Executive Directors


Jeff Laird

Jeff Laird

Chairman

Jeff oversees strategy and development at the On Line Group, assisting and advising the directors with his entrepreneurial leadership to ensure that the appropriate finance and personnel resources are available to achieve Group objectives. Jeff is also responsible for reviewing management performance, ensuring the Group’s values and standards are consistently met.

Jeff founded On Line Design & Engineering Ltd in 1982 and has overseen the development of the Group into a successful enterprise.