Capital & Regional
The property investment firm has appointed Tony Hales as a non-executive director, with effect from 1 August. Hale has been chairman of Workspace Group since 2002 and will step down from the board following the AGM in July. Hales is currently chairman of British Waterways, senior independent director of International Personal Finance, and chairs NAAFI Pension Fund Trustees. Hales was previously chief executive of Allied Domecq and a non-executive director of HSBC Bank.

Betfair Group
The online gambling business has appointed Matt Robinson to the new role of emerging markets director. Robinson, who will start in the coming months, joins Betfair from Digital Entertainment, where he was central marketing director.

Norton Rose
The international legal practice has hired John Conlin as a corporate partner to its global energy team. Conlin joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was an of counsel in the corporate energy team.

The investment management group has appointed Paul Gilbody as head of defined contribution consultant relations. Most recently, Gilbody was director of market engagement for the National Employment Savings Trust, where he was responsible for designing and implementing the company’s distribution strategy.

MAM Funds
Mark Wright has been promoted to deputy manager of the CF Midas Balanced Growth Fund. Wright joined Midas Capital Partners in September 2006, and his research and analysis has since expanded to cover most asset classes.

Jim Rice has been appointed as divisional practice head of finance and projects at the law firm. Rice, who will retain his current role as global practice head for capital markets, takes over from John Tucker, who is returning to full-time client work.

Alvarez & Marsal
The professional services and turnaround consulting firm has strengthened its European Financial Services Group by promoting managing directors Naeem Bashir Ahmad and Nils Melngailis to co-heads of the group.

AEW Europe
The European real estate investment manager has appointed Russell Jewell as managing director, head of private equity funds, based in London. Jewell joins from Strategic Value Partners, where he was managing director, Europe.