Stephen Holmes

CEO

Scott Paterson

Commercial Director, MRICS

Andrew Shankland

Managing Director

Julie Hendry

Commercial Manager

Martin Muirhead

Contracts Manager

William Oswald

Quality Assurance Manager

Veronica McQueer

Finance Director

Garry Willis

Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager

Claire McKenna

Operations Manager

Jason Stott

Procurement Manager

Lorraine Hand

Business Support Co-ordinator

Isobel Wallington

HR Manager

Andrew MacLeod

IT Manager

Graeme Bell

Head of Design
Stephen Holmes
CEO
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Beginning his career in construction within his family’s business, Stephen has remained at the heart of this business and now operates as CEO.  His commitment to an honest and thoughtful approach is reflected in all aspects of the business today.

With over 30 years’ experience, Stephen was appointed Managing Director of Linear Projects with a clear vision to develop the business into a full supply and fit out company working directly with leading main contractors across the UK.

Appointed CEO of Linear UK Group in 2018, Stephen oversees all of the group businesses with a clear focus on both short and long-term planning and decision making.  Working with the senior management team, Stephen helps drive the evolution of the business, its people and its projects to the very highest standards he sets for the Group.

Scott Paterson
Commercial Director, MRICS
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Scott has worked for some of the UK’s leading principal contractors, focusing very much on the commercial aspects of project development and delivery.

 In 2017, Scott was appointed Commercial Director of Linear Group to oversee the commercial strategy for the group. In this role, his focus is varied and touches on all aspects of the operation. From managing risk, compliance and budgeting, to optimising bid offers and leading negotiations, Scott calls on his commitment to collaboration and honesty to ensure the right values and behaviours are embedded into the organisation.

Scott works closely with all the Project Managers to ensure he has visibility and insight into the numerous projects ongoing at any one time. This enables him to adopt a value adding and diligent perspective, focused on quality and efficient client delivery.

Andrew Shankland
Managing Director
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With a diverse construction career spanning over 31 years, Andrew worked for drylining and main contractors delivering large scale projects across a range of sectors in the UK, prior to joining Linear as Project Director.

Following his promotion to Managing Director of Linear Building Compliance (LBC) in 2020, he is now tasked with developing the business, leading and managing the team to drive forward the quality, safety and delivery reputation of LBC.

Julie Hendry
Commercial Manager
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Julie has forged her career as a key member of the Linear team, progressing from Senior Quantity Surveyor to Commercial Manager for LBC.

MRICS qualified, Julie oversees the commercial management of the business, focusing on protecting and optimising the company’s commercial position, as well as maximising value and minimising cost from project commencement to completion. Julie also brings great skill and capability in identifying risks and opportunities, client relationship management, contractual budgets, issue resolution and reporting and compliance management.

Martin Muirhead
Contracts Manager
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A certified Fire Door Inspector, with extensive qualifications and experience in the specialist area of fire doors, Martin confidently ensures that detailed specifications are fully compliant and optimised for fire resistance.

Martin supports the specialist LBC team, focusing on existing properties, as well as driving awareness amongst clients. His far-reaching role ensures that existing projects and clients benefit from the very highest standards of installation.

William Oswald
Quality Assurance Manager
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With over 20 years’ experience in construction, William has honed his specialist skills in the area of quality engineering.

Starting his career as a Passive Fire Protection and Contracts Manager, he acquired first-hand knowledge of this vital area.  In extending his capability, William has an NVQ in Level 2 in Passive Fire and Dry Lining plus a FDIS Diploma in Fire Doors and is a NVQ A1 Assessor and an ISO9001 Internal Auditor.  

As a Quality Engineer for Alstom Power, William expanded his knowledge where compliance was central to every aspect of the power sector. This meant a strong focus on auditing, training, equipment, calibration and record management.  Following this he moved to work for Warrington Certification as a FIRAS Inspector which involved strong communication skills in dealing with FIRAS accredited companies in Scotland and Northern England. 

Joining Linear in 2018, William took up the post of FIRAS & Site Quality Assurance Manager bringing his strong attention to detail and hands on experience to the benefit of Linear clients and projects.  This role has seen William consistently identify both risks and opportunities with performance specification through the tender process and during construction works, and being able to offer tailored assistance and advice to ensure full compliance in line with regulations.

Now working as part of the LBC team, William continues to provide his vital expertise and understanding of compliance, alongside driving the highest standards and focus on optimal quality assurance.

Veronica McQueer
Finance Director
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In 2007, following 25 years working in accountancy firms, Veronica joined Linear Projects to oversee the financial management function, bringing with her a diligent and dedicated approach.

For the past fourteen years, Veronica has been overseeing this function including budget management, assisting in the implementation of legislative change and the delivery of company and management accounts.

During this time with turnover rising from £4m to £30m, she has overseen the introduction and implementation of the Coins system.

She now manages the finance department which supports Linear Group and Subsidiaries Linear Projects, Linear Design & Construct, Linear Building Compliance and Linear Fire Safety.

Garry Willis
Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager
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With over 20 years’ experience of health and safety, Garry Willis brings exceptional expertise and hands-on knowledge to Linear Group.

 A proven innovator and leader in his field, Garry has an impressive range of qualifications including NEBOSH Diploma, Lead Auditor, Mental Health Instructor, IOSH Fire Risk Assessor and NLP Practitioner. He has successfully developed award winning training and coaching programmes, alongside the effective implementation of integrated safety management systems.

At Linear Group, his role is to nurture, develop and promote compliance, achieve excellence through a strong health and safety culture and coach colleagues to ensure the right solution every time. As part of this, Garry has overseen the development and implementation of our safety management systems externally accredited to ISO 450001:2018, as well as providing his experience and knowledge to steer the continual development of the Linear Group Health & Safety culture.

Claire McKenna
Operations Manager
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Since joining in 2013, Claire has been pivotal in all areas of compliance across the business, including the continuing re-certification of ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 to latest standards across all UK offices and operations.

As Group Operations Manager, Claire is responsible for ensuring the development and smooth running of all business functions within Linear Group. In carrying out her varied and overarching role Claire now oversees the Compliance Team as well as engaging with Business Unit leaders, Group Directors, Linear HSE function, HR, Business Governance and Office Management.

Claire’s commitment to excellence has fostered a culture of continuous improvement and has been vital to the business as it strives to attain the highest level of customer satisfaction.  It has also meant a strong focus on all aspects of compliance across the business, ensuring it is fundamental to, and highly valued by, every team in the Group

Jason Stott
Procurement Manager
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Jason Stott began his career in construction at 19 years old working for CCG (Scotland) as a customer care consultant, moving into the buying team a year later.  

Over the next four years he gained invaluable experience, as well as successfully completing a degree in Construction Management.   In 2017, Jason sought to broaden his knowledge and made the move into fit-out contracting with Thomas Johnstone.

Joining the Linear Projects team in 2018, Jason has risen from Buyer to Procurement Manager in just three years, demonstrating his instrumental  role in advancing the business’s supply chain and the implementation of processes to maximise efficiency.

In this role, Jason oversees the entire Procurement and Purchase Ledger function for all companies across Linear Group.  Whilst controlling all live material and plant requirements across the UK, he works collaboratively with the Estimating and Surveying departments to provide assistance in crucial areas of key tenders and manages the supply chain alongside developing supplier and sub-contractor relationships.

Lorraine Hand
Business Support Co-ordinator
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Having worked in the construction industry for nearly 20 years, Lorraine has acquired diverse and extensive experience from 15 years with Laing O’Rourke and latterly Linear Group. 

At Laing O’Rourke she began as an on-site receptionist and then moved to office manager.  Following this she relocated to their Head Office and became a PA for Director of Laing O’Rourke Scotland.

Joining Linear Group in 2019 as Business Support Coordinator, Lorraine is responsible for a range of pivotal support activities including tender submissions, training and HR administration, marketing and business development, alongside administrative support to the Senior Management team.

Lorraine is the driving force of the Group’s marketing efforts and oversees the creation of content for the website, events, PR and internal communications.  She works closely with the heads of each of the Linear businesses to ensure regular exposure of key developments and achievements.

A diligent and dedicated team player, Lorraine is always on hand to provide support to colleagues, adding real value to ensure the optimal delivery of key projects.

Isobel Wallington
HR Manager
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With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Isobel has acquired extensive insight and knowledge across the full spectrum of personnel and related functions. 

With a solid track record in manufacturing, she worked for Cummins Inc for nine years where she developed novel strategies and functionality across HR to drive unprecedented organisational productivity and growth along with leading three successful HR start-up programmes across UK, USA and Canada.  

During this time Isobel refined her skills as a strong communicator establishing robust relationships with both staff and senior managers.  With a hands-on approach she has long been committed to ensuring enhance professional development through execution of recruitment and selection process as well as demonstrated expertise across complex negotiations.

Joining Linear Group as HR Manager in early 2021, Isobel is responsible for the proactive operational management of all aspects of HR across the business.  In this role she is focused on effective organisational development, training, employee engagement, performance management and employment law matters.

CIPD Qualified and a trained negotiator, Isobel brings a vital array of skills and expertise in support of the wider business ambitions, as well as supporting senior managers in HR related matters.

 

Andrew MacLeod
IT Manager
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Beginning his IT career with RedMosquito, the full spectrum managed IT services provider, Andrew worked his way through the ranks to Technical Consultant.  

Over the course of his 10 year tenure he provide diverse expert technical and strategic support to, and was responsible for, around 50 clients, including Linear Group.
 
With a drive to optimise and help realise clients’ digital ambitions, Andrew played a pivotal role in doubling RedMosquito’s turnover through strong business development performance, including  a 50% increase on recurring revenue and breaking the £1M mark.

Joining Linear Group in 2021, Andrew is responsible for enhancing and evolving all aspects of IT provision, infrastructure and support across the business.  This means ensuring optimal delivery and leading the digital development to scale alongside business growth and needs. This includes improvements to software packages within the business, ongoing digital roadmap and cyber security and compliance.

Graeme Bell
Head of Design
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With over 13 years’ experience in the construction industry, Graeme has acquired a diverse range of project experience. 

With a keen eye for coordination and detail, he has been instrumental in the success of multiple high profile projects. Beginning his career with Blyth and Blyth as a Structural & Civil Engineer, which included 3 years a resident Engineer, Graeme moved into design management with Sir Robert McAlpine followed by Kier.

Graeme’s wealth of experience in industrial/distilleries, leisure, commercial and most recently heritage/historic building refurbishment has seen him work extensively throughout the lifecycle of many projects, from inception through to handover.

This breadth of practical knowledge enables Graeme to bring a comprehensive approach to the LDC team. As Head of Design, Graeme leads all project preconstruction and design stages. He is also instrumental in supporting all of our projects at construction stage and handover to ensure that the quality of design feeds through into the construction stages.

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