Arup appoints Alan Belfield as new chairman

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Multinational professional services firm Arup has revealed that Dr Alan Belfield is to take over as chairman of the group from 1 April

Dr Alan Belfield will lead Arup’s 15,000-strong team. He will oversee a global business with a turnover in excess of £1.6bn across advisory, planning, engineering, design and management services in the cities, energy, transport and water markets.

Currently serving as COO for the firm, Belfield brings with him a wealth of experience in technology, engineering and advisory services, and a commitment to realise Arup’s ambition to ‘shape a better world’. He previously led Arup’s operations across the UK, Middle East and Africa.

Belfield is passionate about Arup’s aim for ‘social usefulness’ and is a strong advocate of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the UK Government’s Professional and Business Services Council.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Alan Belfield, said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed the next Chairman of Arup. I have worked in the firm for over 25 years, so I know what an amazingly talented group of people we have.

“In these uncertain political and economic times, our work and our values have never mattered more. Along with my colleagues, I look forward to working with our clients all around the world on projects that make a real difference to people’s lives. ”

Belfield succeeds Gregory Hodkinson who completes his five-year term on 31 March 2019, the maximum tenure for chairman of Arup. He will be joined by deputy chairman, Tristram Carfrae who has been reappointed in that role for a further three-year term.

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