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Appointment of New Managing Director

  • Jeff Laird


One of North East Lincolnshire’s largest engineering companies has welcomed a new managing director, from a major blue chip client, as sights are set on national growth. Brendan Conlan has taken on the role at Immingham-headquartered On Line Design & Engineering, leaving the role of operations manager for Centrica’s Rough gas storage facility, located off the East Yorkshire coast.

Mr Conlan, who lives in Healing, starts the new job on February 1 with the design and project management specialist.

Having used On Line as a supplier for the last 16 years, he believes that the company’s roots are embedded within the Humber region, but sees opportunity further afield.

Mr Conlan said: “Engineering has been the foundation for a lot of what Britain has achieved over the years, and On Line is an engineering company that helps our clients to continue this legacy.”

Born in Scotland, he graduated from the University Of Paisley in 1990 with a degree in Electrical And Electronic Engineering and initially worked in the distilling business and at Fisher Rosemount’s in Leicester, prior to joining the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. He worked on various projects in Canada, the USA and Mexico in addition to being heavily involved in the design, installation and commissioning of the £151 million Barton nappy factory. Prior to joining Centrica, he also worked for Thermatrix, Pfizer and various other companies in Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Taiwan and Singapore.

The 46-year-old first came to the Humber region in 1989 when he was offered a job at United Biscuits. Although he turned it down and was not initially impressed with the area, he now believes that the area not only grows on you but is unique.

His partner, Angie, is Grimsby born and bred, and his sons, Cameron, seven, and Fraser, eight, have both been brought up here, where he is settled. Mr Conlan is on the board of HCF Catch, the Stallingborough beacon training facility, as well as the under-construction Humber University Technology College at Scunthorpe.

By Mr Conlan’s own admission, his partner describes him as a workaholic, a term he agrees with. “I am passionate about work and get a buzz out of giving people opportunities and helping them to grow their careers,” he said.

He is keen to further the wider work in the area to embed and support the region as a key part of the UK economy.

In his spare time he enjoys walking, with and without golf clubs. He has also completed several charity Yorkshire Three Peaks hikes, with his last in aid of Hull’s neonatal unit.

On Line Group chairman Jeff Laird believes the appointment represents a significant development for the £33 million turnover company, which employs 600 people directly and through clients. He said: “Not only will Brendan’s appointment strengthen the board, but he will also bring a wealth of knowledge of the offshore oil and gas industries together with gas processing and storage experience.”

Jeff Laird

Jeff Laird

Jeff oversees strategy and development at the On Line Group, assisting and advising the directors with his entrepreneurial leadership to ensure that the appropriate fin...

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