The professional services group has hired Roger Looker, the former chair of Harlequins rugby club, as a non-executive director, and Adam Hewitson as its new internal legal counsel.

Looker, pictured, previously founded two corporate finance boutiques, Gilbert Elliot Corporate Finance and Stafford Corporate Consulting, and chaired Harlequins for a decade between 1987 and 1997.

Hewitson joins from law firm Shoosmiths.

Cordea Savills
The property fund management group has hired Richard James from rival Internos as its new chief financial officer.

James was chief financial officer at Internos, which he joined in December 2009 when it acquired GPT Halverton, where he had been CFO since the previous year.

Prior to that, he worked at Curzon Global Partners as an executive director and at Apollo Real Estate Advisors as European financial controller.

F&C Investments
Alice Evans has joined F&C as a senior fund manager in its global thematic equities team.

Evans joins in November from Henderson, where she was latterly part of a team responsible for a number of socially responsible investment funds. She will manage F&C’s flagship Stewardship International Fund, alongside head of global thematic equities Sophie Horsfall. Her appointment comes as part of the firm’s commitment to grow its credentials in environmental, sustainable and governance investing.

Principal Global Investors
The asset manager has appointed Philip Garcia as its new head of client relationship management in London.

Garcia joins from T. Rowe Price, where he managed the firm’s largest European client relationships and specialised in US equity mandates.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Towers Perrin.

Brian Collie has joined the online electronics retailer, chaired by bank grandee Bob Wigley, as a non-executive director.

Collie is currently chairman of the Jurys Inns hotel group. He previously worked with founders Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox from before its stock market listing in 2000 until its sale in 2005, which he oversaw as chairman.

He was also group retail director and a board member at airport operator BAA from 1997 to 2005.