Element is led by a dynamic group of individuals with years of experience in their respective leadership and management fields.
The Element Board meets every month to review the overall performance of the business and also to determine group-wide strategies and priorities.
Element's Board members are:
Jo was appointed CEO of the Element Group in 2019, having been the group CFO since 2012 and prior to this a Board member of the Group since the buyout from Stork in 2010. A chartered accountant by training, Jo spent his early career in private equity and invested in a number of global testing businesses both in Europe and the US, including leading the buyout of Element in 2010.
Jo has been instrumental in growing Element from 20 locations in five geographies at the time of the buyout in 2010 into a global business with almost 200 locations in 30 countries with circa 7,000 colleagues, through a combination of strong organic growth and the integration of 28 acquisitions. Over the last ten years at Element he has led the buyouts with 3i and Bridgepoint as well as the significant minority investment in Element by Temasek.
Niall is currently interim CFO and is responsible for all the finance, procurement, tax and IT activities within the Group. In his previous role of Group Finance Director, Niall was responsible for the finance operations of the business and for finance transformation across the group.
Niall has responsibility for the four sector finance teams globally, ensuring optimum financial performance, controlled investments in capex and management of working capital. In addition, Niall is focused on ensuring best-in-class finance organization, processes and systems to support our growth trajectory, including the successful integration of acquisitions. Niall has led a number of successful refinancing processes, including the recent minority investment by Temasek.
Niall joined Element in 2017, following a number of years at Capita plc as a Divisional Finance Director. 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.
Chris is a Partner of Bridgepoint with responsibility for Bridgepoint’s investment activities in the UK. He sits on the Firm’s Group Board and Operating Committee and is a member of its Investment Advisory Committee.
Chris joined Bridgepoint in 1997. He spent his first five years with Bridgepoint helping establish our Nordic office and is now based in London. In addition to his role on the board of Element Materials Technology, he also sits on the board of Cambridge Education Group. He has worked on a number of transactions including LGC, ERM and Pret A Manger.
Chris holds a BSc from Exeter University and is ACA qualified from his time spent working at PwC prior to joining Bridgepoint.
Raoul Hughes is President and Group Chief Operating Officer of Bridgepoint. He heads Bridgepoint’s operations in North America and is a member of the Firm's Group Board, Investment Advisory Committee and a member of Bridgepoint Development Capital. Raoul also sits on the boards of Element Materials Technology and Care UK.
Raoul joined Bridgepoint in 1988 and has worked extensively on investments across Europe. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bath where he also supports a number of PhD programs.
Allan is a Non-Executive member of the Element Materials Technology Group Board. He has had an extensive and varied business career holding a series of high profile roles for major corporations in the food retail, FMCG and communications sectors including that of Chief Executive of Asda and Non-Executive Chairman of the Royal Mail.
In addition to his role on the Board of Element, he is currently Non-Executive Chair of the Co-operative Group; and Non-Executive Chairman of Entertainment One plc and Wagamama Ltd.
Allan holds an honorary degree from Cranfield University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire.
Charles is a non-executive director and Board member at Element. Between 2003 and 2019 Charles was President and CEO of the Group.
After leading its predecessor, Stork Materials Technology for eight years, Charles successfully led the original management buy-out of Element from Stork BV in 2010. In the nine years that followed, an ambitious growth program saw Element become the fastest growing independent materials and product qualification testing company in the world, employing 7,000 engaged experts in nearly 200 laboratories. Under his leadership, the Group’s revenues grew from $60m to $850m as Element dramatically expanded its testing operations to cover five end markets across 32 countries.
In 2015, Charles led the transfer of the company’s ownership from its original private equity sponsor, 3i, to its current financial sponsor Bridgepoint. Two years later, he drove the acquisition of Exova plc, a larger competitor and then oversaw a comprehensive integration program that culminated in Element becoming a truly global testing, inspection and certification partner serving over 50,000 customers worldwide. With a new minority investor, Temasek, on board and further funding for growth secured, Charles stepped down from his role as CEO in December 2019.