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Appointment of New Managing Director

  • Jeff Laird
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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.”

Company Announcement

  • Mel Dent
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On Line Design & Engineering is pleased to announce that it has today reached agreement for Brendan Conlan to join the Business as Managing Director on 1st February 2015. Many of you will be aware that Brendan has worked for Centrica Storage Limited for the past 9 years, first as a Contract Engineer working through OLDE, and since 2009 in a senior staff position as Engineering Manager and more recently as Operations Manager responsible for all the Rough Offshore Assets.

The appointment of Brendan will not only strengthen the Board in preparation for the future retirement of J Laird, but it will also bring a wealth of knowledge of the Offshore Oil and Gas industries together with Gas Processing and Storage experience. Prior to joining Centrica, Brendan worked for Thermatrix, Pfizer and various other Companies in Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Taiwan and Singapore.

Brendan 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 where 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 £151M Barton upon Humber Factory.

Brendan is a resident of Healing where he lives with his partner Angie and two sons, Cameron and Fraser. Although a native of Scotland, he is committed to the local area having lived here for over 20 years, and in addition to being on the board of HCF he is also on the board of the new UTC at Scunthorpe.