EFCA appoints new director general

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Sue Arundale will join EFCA in July and take over as director general in August 2022.

Sue Arundale has been appointed director general of the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA). She will join the organisation on 1 July 2022 and will take over as director general on 1 August 2022.

The current secretary general, Jan Van der Putten, is retiring but will act as an advisor to Arundale until October,  

Born in the UK, Arundale holds Belgian citizenship and has lived in Belgium for 17 years. A native English speaker, she is also fluent in French and can speak German. She has worked in EU affairs for 26 years, more than 15 of these being for international member organisations. She has a master’s degree in leading innovation and change, for which her thesis was about adding value in member organisations. She also has a postgraduate certificate in EU law.

As director of technical and environmental affairs at the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) and president of the European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation, Arundale has worked with both the European Commission and the European parliament on relevant policy developments affecting the industry. She has also worked at FIEC to promote new technologies, digitalisation and innovation. 

At EFCA she will be facing a number of major challenges for the infrastructure sector in Europe. Along with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there are disruptions to supply chains, high energy prices and extensive focus on achieving net zero.