Sue Arundale will join EFCA as from 1 July 2022 and take over as EFCA’s Director General on 1 August 2022. The current Secretary General, Jan Van der Putten, will then become an adviser to Sue up to the end of September 2022. EFCA wants to express their warmest gratitude to Jan who will retire at the end of September after 30 years of loyal service to EFCA.
Born in the UK, Sue also 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. Her interest in improving services to members inspired her to undertake 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.
Sue worked in the field of construction for more than 8 years as a lobbyist for the industry. 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 (ECCREDI), she has worked with both the European Commission and the European Parliament on relevant policy developments affecting the industry. She is passionate about construction and, whilst at FIEC, worked to promote new technologies, digitalisation and innovation. A collaborator and networker, she has always enjoyed working with other relevant stakeholders and believes that engineers are critical to the delivery of the current wave of policy developments, aimed at achieving a sustainable built environment.