Charles Noall, President & CEO

Charles has been the President and CEO of Element since 2003. Under his leadership, Element has become the fastest growing independent materials and product qualification testing company in the world.

Charles successfully led the original management buy-out of Element from Stork BV in 2010. In the six years that followed, the Group’s revenues tripled and Charles then led the transfer of the company’s ownership from its original private equity sponsor, 3i, to its current financial sponsor Bridgepoint Capital.

In 2017 Charles led the acquisition of Exova creating a single global testing organization with over $700 million in revenues and serving over 40,000 customers worldwide.

In addition to his role as President and CEO of the company, Charles also leads the Executive Team and is a member of the Group’s main Board.

Jo Wetz, CFO

Jo joined Element as CFO during 2012 but has been a director of the Group since the original buyout from Stork in 2010. 

Jo has led the finance transformation at Element following the carve-out in 2010 and is responsible for all financial, legal, tax and IT activities within the Group. Alongside Charles Noall, he led the 3i and Bridgepoint buyouts and the take private of Exova in 2017.

In addition to his role as CFO, Jo is a member of the Group’s main Board and he is heavily involved in setting the overall strategy and supporting its strategic M&A program.

Prior to his role at Element, Jo worked in private equity and invested in a number of global testing businesses both in Europe and the US.

Matt Hopkinson, EVP, Oil & Gas

Matt joined Element in December 2018, bringing a wealth of testing experience and leadership to the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sector.

Prior to Element, Matt was an member of the Group Executive Leadership Team at Bureau Veritas, and was most recently Senior Vice President responsible for Commodities labs and operations in Europe. Matt has extensive experience in managing global laboratory networks, having held operational and commercial leadership roles in the Americas and Europe, and as well as managing global teams focused on account management, technical governance, systems development and new growth initiatives.


John Nelson, EVP, Transportation & Industrials

John joined Element in 2015 having held senior leadership positions in several leading organizations within the global TIC sector including Intertek, and most recently Bureau Veritas.

John possesses a strong background in both operational leadership and continuous improvement, bringing over 20 years of experience in successfully implementing strategic vision, financial performance and capability expansion and business development to both Element and its Executive Team.

Rick Sluiters, EVP, Aerospace

Rick joined Element in 2004, originally as a Business Development Manager responsible for integrating newly acquired laboratories into the organization. He has held General Manager positions for Element’s laboratories in Los Angeles, Detroit and Amsterdam and led several US laboratories through a Lean process transformation.

In 2011 Rick took the position of Vice President of European Operations and formally joined the Element Executive Team. Rick became the Executive Vice President of Aerospace in 2014. Under his leadership the aerospace sector has more than tripled in size and successfully integrated over 10 acquisitions, adding capabilities, capacity and footprint to become the number one provider of aerospace testing services in the world.

Rob Veitch, EVP, Fire & Building Products

Rob joined Element through its acquisition of Exova, where he served in a number of leadership roles including Sector Director for Europe and most recently as Managing Director of FBP&C.

Prior to joining Exova, Rob spent over 20 years working with two large, privately owned international businesses in senior sales, marketing and human resources roles.

James Fleming, EVP, Information Technology

James joined the team in 2014 and is responsible for defining and delivering Element’s global IT strategy.

James has over 20 years of IT management and senior leadership experience gained while working for a number of companies operating in a diverse range of industry sectors, including serving as CIO at two FTSE 250 businesses, both with a global footprint.

In addition, James also chairs the UK Chapter of the Microsoft Dynamics AX user community and is a global MVP for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Frido Langedijk, EVP, Sales & Commercial Development

Frido joined Element in 2017 and is responsible for ensuring that Element consistently operates with best in class commercial processes and generates the optimum benefit from our commercial organization, strategic account management program, inbound marketing teams and systems and tools.

He is a strong international leader with more than 25 years commercial, operational and change management experience who has a consistent track record of delivering business improvement through sales growth, innovation, cost management, best practice sharing and high performance leadership.

Prior to joining Element, Frido held a number of international commercial and operational positions and was most recently the Vice President of Sales for Pentair Valves and Controls.

Arnout Lijesen, EVP, Corporate Development

Arnout joined Element in 2004 and is responsible for leading the definition and execution of the Group’s overall business strategy and highly successful mergers and acquisition program.

In addition to driving Element’s acquisition program, Arnout is also leading the company’s entry into new geographical markets and supporting laboratory outsourcing initiatives.

Prior to joining Element, Arnout previously worked for Unilever Group Unichema and the management consultant firm Arthur D. Little.

Neil MacLennan, General Counsel & Company Secretary

In this role Neil is responsible for legal, compliance and company secretarial related matters. He joined Element via its acquisition of Exova, where he served as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Neil joined Exova in 2013 where he was responsible for advising on corporate and commercial matters, legal risk management and corporate governance issues. This included managing the legal aspects of the IPO of Exova Group plc in April 2014 and assisting in relation to a significant number of M&A transactions and the sale of Exova to Element in 2017.

Neil’s experience includes a wide range of corporate and capital markets transactions for public and private companies including advising on M&A transactions, takeovers, private equity transactions, joint ventures, compliance with company and securities laws and general corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Exova, Neil held positions with corporate law firm Dickson Minto in Edinburgh and Allen & Overy in London. He is a qualified solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales.

Niall McCallum, Group Finance Director – Transformation

Niall joined Element in 2017 and is responsible for delivering the finance integration of Element and Exova.

In his most recent role, Niall served as the Divisional Finance Director of the Professional Services division at Capita plc., Prior to this, he was an

Investment Director at a mid-market UK private equity fund.

Niall started his career at KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in corporate finance, completing a number of disposals and acquisitions.

Dominic Murphy, Director of Operational Development

Dominic is responsible for leading organization-wide programs including Operational Excellence, Major Capital Projects and Strategy Execution.

Dominic joined Element in 2015 having previously held positions across multiple geographies covering the oil and gas, energy, industrials, finance and consumer sectors. Previous positions included Deloitte and most recently Schlumberger.

Dominic’s experience spans leadership of multiple programs on corporate strategy, operational and business improvement, process optimization, commercial analysis, business development, project management, business case development, due diligence and risk analysis.

Andrew Pickup, Group Communications Director

In this role Andrew is responsible for defining and delivering the Group’s brand and communications program for colleagues, the media and customers.

Andrew joined Element via its acquisition of Exova where he served as Corporate Affairs Director. 

Before Exova, Andrew worked for Compass Group for nine years. He held senior positions in operations management and business improvement in the healthcare business, before becoming Corporate Affairs Director for the UK & Ireland business, responsible for communications, corporate responsibility and public affairs. He spent his early career in the energy and telecoms sectors in a variety of roles covering market analysis, regulatory and public affairs and strategy development.

Matthew White, Finance Director

Matthew joined Element in 2012 and helped restructure and establish a new group finance team following the MBO from Stork. He is responsible for a broad range of Group wide finance, tax and treasury initiatives and led the upgrade of the Group’s consolidation system.

Matthew has eleven years of testing sector experience and has worked within private and listed businesses in operational finance, corporate finance, and tax and treasury roles. Prior to joining Element, he was Group Financial Controller of Inspicio, a rapidly growing acquisitive international testing business backed by 3i. Inspicio was active in over 100 countries and expanded rapidly ranking in the Sunday Times top 20 fastest growing companies by EBITDA growth between 2006 and 2008.