Our Leadership

Richard Palin

Richard Palin

Managing Director

Richard has recently joined On Line People as the new Managing Director. He brings with him over 18 years of Engineering & Technical recruitment management experience. He has recently returned from the Middle East where he acted as a senior manager for one of region’s leading Technical Recruitment companies and Engineering & Architecture Consultants. Prior to this Richard was working in the UK for a national engineering recruitment business for over 9 years where he grew the business on a regional and national scale and progressed this career through to Engineering Operations Director.

A believer in personal and team development through personal empowerment thus creating stable and cohesive teams along with delivering robust practices and procedures, Richard delivers an open and straight forward communication style along with a can-do attitude that will continue to be demonstrated through this exciting time of growth and further development of the On Line People brand.

Executive Directors


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 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.