Our Leadership

Here at the On Line Group we are proud to have a leadership with in excess of 100 years’ combined experience and practical knowledge of a variety of Engineering, Financial, IT & Communications, Personnel and Creative disciplines; meaning that all key decisions within the Group are made with the best interests of the Group’s stakeholders and the strategic direction of the Group at heart.

Executive Directors


Jeff Laird

Jeff Laird

Chairman

Jeff founded On Line Design & Engineering Ltd in 1982 and has overseen the development of the Group and its subsidiaries into successful and meaningful enterprises.

Today Jeff oversees strategy and development at the On Line Design & Engineering 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.

Steve Laird

Steve Laird

Group Finance Director

Steve oversees all financial aspects of company strategy for the On Line Design & Engineering 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 On Line Design's accounts department in 1996 and became the department manager in 2002. Over the years, Steve has progressed to become the 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.

Louise Arnett

Louise Arnett

Group HR Director

Previously the HR Officer for On Line Group, Louise was promoted to Group HR Director on 1st May 2017. Louise is CIPD qualified, and is solely responsible for all HR matters including not only staff welfare but also the development and implementation of employment related policies, together with the interpretation of and advising on employment law. Louise is also responsible for all employee records and recruitment.

Louise has worked with the On Line Group since 2008 and, although originally from Immingham, she now lives in Barton upon Humber, where she has been for the last 20 years, together with her husband Paul and daughters, Maddy and Jazz. She is a keen runner having competed in the London Marathon on 2 occasions, and enjoys all aspects of her work, in particular being pastoral carer for the Group apprentices.

 

Mel Dent

Mel Dent

Creative Director

Mel is the Group’s Creative Director and responsible for the identity of the On Line Group and its subsidiaries using whatever means are available to best advertise to current and potential clients. Mel is also responsible for creating and updating policies to reflect changing technologies, which both projects and protects the Group’s image internally and externally.

Mel joined the Group as Creative Director in 2015 and also operates as Managing Director of Media Excel which she founded in 2002 and is now a part of the On Line Group after being acquired in 2013.

Mel has over 20 years’ experience in the Graphic Design industry having gained a BA (hons) and MA in 1998 at De Montfort University in Leicester before working for a local design house on a wide range of design and marketing projects from advertising, corporate identity, brand design and redesign, signage and much more.