Fidelity International has poached Alison Puhar, partner and head of UK institutional pooled funds at Cordea Savills to join the company as director of UK Real Estate.

Puhar has more than 15 years of property fund management experience and held the position of joint head of fund management at Savills Commercial between 2002 and 2005.

Puhar will lead the UK side of Fidelity’s real estate business with key responsibility for property acquisitions in the UK and property fund management as well as building the UK team.

Neil Cable, head of European real estate at Fidelity International, said: ‘Alison joins a team of highly regarded and experienced individuals and her skills and background complement theirs perfectly. Our priority now is to assemble a pan-European portfolio during the remainder of 2007 prior to launching our first institutional Real Estate Fund.’