Stephen Holmes

CEO

Scott Paterson

Commercial Director, MRICS

Alan Macmillan

Managing Director

Bill McDonagh

Chairman

Andrew MacLure

Director

William Oswald

Quality Assurance Manager

Veronica McQueer

Finance Director

Garry Willis

Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager

Claire McKenna

Operations Manager

Lorraine Hand

Business Support Co-ordinator

Isobel Wallington

HR Manager

Andrew MacLeod

IT Manager
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.

Alan Macmillan
Managing Director
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Beginning his career in fire safety in 1982 by joining Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, Alan moved his way up through the ranks to Group Commander, where he was responsible for the health and safety of all the stations in the former Strathclyde region.

He went on to oversee the transition of these 8 separate departments into one with the formation of the Scottish Fire Service.

During his career, Alan acquired extensive experience and a far reaching range of qualifications including from a post graduate Health Safety and Risk management diploma, Fire Protection Association Fire Risk Assessor and a diploma in Fire Stopping.  This combined with various levels of management qualifications from the fire service and a diploma in public service leadership from UWS, demonstrated Alan’s commitment to optimising his own capabilities as a member of the Fire Service.

On retiring from the Fire Service in 2013, Alan moved into consultancy, joining Kyle Management Consultants (KMC) in 2018 and became a pivotal part of its success to date, including defining work for Reid Kerr College across the Far East and Middle East regions.

Joining Linear Fire Safety as a Managing Director in 2020, Alan is responsible for managing and supporting the wider Linear team in allocation and delivery of all aspects of the site Fire Management System, including the assessment and audit process, along with the management and development of KMC’s existing client base.

Driven by an honest approach to his work, Alan shows unwavering reliability to both clients and colleagues alike.

Bill McDonagh
Chairman
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With 42 years’ experience in fire safety and fire safety management, Bill boasts an impressive career across Strathclyde Fire Brigade, London Fire Brigade and Kyle Management Consultants.

Following his acceptance to The Institute of Fire Engineers in 1985, Bill went on to successfully complete a diverse range of qualifications cementing his broad capabilities and driving his understanding of all fire matters.  This included a Post Graduate Diploma in Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management, City & Guilds Certificates in Portable Electrical Equipment and  Management of Electrical Installations, Fire Safety Inspecting Officers Qualification and a Diploma in Fire Door Inspection.

Rising through the ranks of the Fire Service, Bill become Assistant Chief Officer (Director of Operations) of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, the UK’s second largest Fire Service. In this role, he was responsible for the operational efficiency and readiness of over 2000 uniformed personnel and the service delivery of 119 fire stations. During this time, he also represented the eight Scottish Fire Brigades at The Home Office and was involved in the Training Strategy Group, which shaped the future training of UK Local Authority Fire Brigades and Private Fire Brigades.

On leaving the Fire Service in 2007, Bill set up his own Fire Safety Consultancy to utilise the extensive, high level knowledge and experience he had acquired.  Now as Chairman of Linear Fire Safety, he is able to put his unquestionable track record to excellent use across key projects and clients.

In his role, Bill is responsible for ensuring the Group and all its functions, are fully compliant with all current fire safety regulations in all areas. Additionally he is charged with ensuring a forward looking approach to enable Linear to stay ahead of the curve in all future changes to current fire safety regulations. Working with the Group’s Health & Safety Manager, Bill and the team ensure all Linear sites are fully compliant with company fire safety policies and assist in preparing Fire Strategies for all new works coming on stream, as well as providing this expertise to external clients and sub-contractors.

Andrew MacLure
Director
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With over 30 years’ experience in local authority fire and rescue services, Andrew has acquired extensive experience in many different areas in Scotland, as well as across a broad spectrum of disciplines from operational firefighting to fire safety and fire investigation

During his tenure, Andrew obtained an impressive range of relevant qualifications including Incident Command and Management, Health and safety qualifications in IOSH, NEBOSH, and Event Cause and Foundation Analysis (Accident Investigation), fire safety modules A, B, C, D, E, Healthcare, Licensing and Fire Investigation
Alongside this, Andrew represented the Fire Service on Glasgow City Council Licensing, which involved legal and statutory regulation, advisory work and enforcement.  This also saw him involved in large scale events across music and sports.

Retiring from the Service in 2018, Andrew teamed up with former colleagues to offer consultancy services via Kyle Management Consultants.  With the formation of Linear Fire Safety in 2020, Andrew has now expanded his support and experience to the varied and extensive clients of Linear Group.
In his role as Director, Andrew will maintain and develop the Fire Risk Assessment client database both internally and externally. Working closely with the Health, Safety and Environmental, Operations, Contract and Site managers to ensure Linear colleagues and contractors work in a safe, secure, and productive environment.
Continuing a commitment to personal and professional development, Andrew is currently working towards a diploma in fire stopping.

 

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

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.

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