Meet the Team

The First Element Group is a team of experts from the fields of
Science, Technology and Engineering
Commerce and Industry
Brand Communications
Innovative and Sustainable Design Thinking

We bring a complementary skill-set, a proven track record and a commercial and results-driven approach to a shared vision:

We are passionate about the potential of low-cost green hydrogen, generated safely in-house and the role it can play in achieving our global net zero carbon goals.

Greg Howett, BEng Robotic Engineering (Co-Founder)

Founder and CEO of software company Edgenexus ( since 2001: Greg has been producing tools that power and secure application services systems for high profile international institutions, including the European Space Agency and the United States Navy. An active and experienced CEO, he is involved in every area of the business from sales to product development and has broad experience of setting up international offices in line with country-specific legal and accounting practices.

He continues to maintain a number of non exec and advisory positions, including some pro-bono.

Professor Nigel Brandon, OBE FREng FRS (Co-Founder)

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London, Nigel’s research is focused on electrochemical devices for low carbon energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries. 

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Amy Hedger, BA Mandarin/French (Co-Founder)

Beginning her career in PR and Communications for consumer brands, Amy has latterly consulted at C- Suite Level across Asia, Europe, and North America for brands including Apple, LVMH, Nokia, Orange, H&M: She has helped these brands understand global consumer trends and how to apply innovative design thinking and sustainable practice to their brands, products, and services.

Amy has also consulted on both a paid and pro-bono basis, for a number of SMEs, start-ups, and charities.

James Brandon, BEng Materials Science (FuelCell Hydrogen Engineer)

Consultant at Nigel Brandon Consulting Ltd, James deals with all forms of energy storage solutions, with a focus on electrochemical energy. His career has been focused on building essential collaborations between academia and industry to develop next-generation energy storage. His previous work includes as a Project Engineer at Warwick University where he led the ‘Battery University’ with a focus on cell assembly. 

Skills and industry knowledge include:

  • Lithium-ion battery research, manufacturing, and testing 
  • Developing hydrogen and solid oxide fuel cells 


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