Element Materials Technology is led by a dynamic group of individuals with years of experience in their respective leadership and management fields. The Executive Team meets every month to review the overall performance of the business and also to determine group-wide strategies and priorities. 

Element's Executive Team members are:

president and ceo

Charles Noall

Charles Noall is the President and CEO of Element Materials Technology. In this role, Charles has successfully led the global expansion of Element since its formation over the last four years. Under his leadership, Element has tripled its revenues and established itself as a world leading brand within the Global Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector.

Charles led the original management buy-out of Element from Stork BV in 2010 and has been the President and CEO of the company since that time. More recently, Charles has successfully led the transfer of Element’s ownership from our original private equity sponsor, 3i, to our new financial sponsor Bridgepoint Capital.

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

Jo Wetz

Jo joined Element as CFO during 2012 but has been a Director of the Group since the original buyout in 2010. Alongside Charles, Jo is a member of the Group’s main Board and is responsible for all the Financial, Tax, Legal and IT activities within the Group. 

Prior to joining Element, Jo spent 13 years working in a number of large financial services organizations including Deloitte and 3i. During his time at 3i Jo led a number of successful buyouts in the UK and Europe with a particular focus on the global Testing and Inspection market, these included the investments in Inspicio and Element. 

Jo is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Economics from University College London.

Rick Sluiters
EVP, Aerospace

Rick Sluiters

Rick joined Element in 2004, originally as a Business Development Manager responsible for integrating newly acquired laboratories into the organisation. He went on to become the General Manager for Element’s laboratories in Los Angeles, Detroit and Amsterdam after which he became a Business Improvement Manager during which time he 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.

Rick is a Dutch national and holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is highly experienced in Lean Production Systems and is a certified “Six Sigma Black Belt”.

Rod Martin
evp, oil & Gas

Rod Martin

Rod joined Element through its acquisition of Materials Engineering Research Laboratory in 2012, now Element Hitchin.

Following the award of his PhD, Rod was invited to join NASA in Virginia for a two year position as an Exchange Visitor funded by U.S. National Research Council. This then evolved into a Contractor position at NASA Langley initially funded by the U.S. Army. Rod worked on several U.S. Army an NASA programs including supersonic aircraft, rotorcraft and commercial aircraft.

Rod is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and holds an MA in Management Studies as well as a PhD in Aerospace Engineering.

John R Nelson
evp, transportation and industrials

John R. Nelson

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

He possesses a strong background in both operational leadership and continuous improvement, bringing over 17 years of experience in successfully implementing strategic vision, financial performance, capability expansion and business development to both Element and its Executive Team.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree and his Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

Arnout Lijesen
evp corporate development

Arnout Lijesen

Arnout joined Element in 2003 having previously worked for Unilever Group Unichema and the management consultant Arthur D. Little.

Since joining the company, Arnout has played a leading role in the definition and execution of the Group’s growth strategy. Next to supporting multiple acquisitions in the US and Europe, Arnout has initiated and supported various improvement initiatives including the Group’s drive for continuous improvement and customer service excellence.

Arnout is a Dutch national and holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Jeff Joyce
evp human resources

Jeff Joyce

Jeff joined Element in 2008 having previously worked for Cummins Inc., GE and the HB Fuller Company and has 31 years experience in global Human Resources leadership roles.

In his role as EVP Human Resources, Jeff is responsible for leading the development of our people management systems and functions that are necessary to attract, motivate, reward and retain the outstanding industry talent we need as part of our journey of becoming the Employer of Choice within the Global TIC sector and in support of our journey of becoming the best and most trusted testing partner in the world.

Jeff is a US citizen and holds a BS degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

evp group it

James Fleming

James joined Element in 2014. He has over 17 years IT management and senior leadership experience gained while working for a number of companies operating in a diverse range of industry sectors.

In his role as CIO for Element, James will lead the development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and processes in order to drive improvements in both operational delivery and the overall customer experience for our clients.

His most recent role prior to joining Element was CIO at Victrex, a FTSE 250 listed company. In addition James also chairs the UK Chapter of the Microsoft Dynamics AX industry user group.  

James holds a Masters Degree in IT and Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

EVP Sales and Commercial Development

Frido Langedijk

Frido Langedijk joined Element in 2017 as the Executive Vice President for Sales and Commercial Development.

In this role, Frido is responsible for ensuring that Element consistently operates with best in class commercial processes and generating 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 20 years commercial, operational and change management experience, who has a consistent track record of delivering business and profit 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.

Frido is a Dutch national and holds a BSc. in Petroleum & Gas Technology.