AFC Energy
The developer of low-cost alkaline fuel cell technology has announced the appointment of Sir John Sunderland as non-executive director of the company. Sunderland has spent 40 years in leadership roles, best known as the former chief executive and later as chairman of Cadbury Schweppes. Currently Sunderland is a non-executive director of Barclays Bank, an adviser to CVC Capital Partners, and chairman of the management board of Merlin Entertainment Group. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Guardian Financial Services
The closed fund life assurance consolidation group has hired Andrew Birrell as chief financial officer. Prior to joining Guardian Financial Services, which is owned by Cinven, Birrell was the group risk and actuarial director at Old Mutual, where he worked in the South African life insurance industry. Birrell is also a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Birrell will be helping the company develop and grow the Guardian business.

The law firm has appointed Paul Paling and Dennis Lee as new staff members in its London office. Paling has joined the firm as partner and will lead the commercial property team. Paling was previously a partner at Nabarro and has over 25 years of property experience. Lee has been appointed as an associate in its technology, media and communications team. Lee formerly worked at Silverman Sheriker as head of intellectual property. The firm also announced it will move its London office to 48 Chancery Lane.

TRG Post Trade Services
The post trade consulting service has recruited Darren Pearson to join its team as a principal consultant. Pearson previously worked as a capital markets professional for organisations such as Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, and Nomura where he worked with a wide range of traded products and post-trade disciplines. He will be responsible for helping the company deal with regulatory change in the industry.

Aberdeen Asset Management
The specialist asset management company has announced the senior appointments of Charles Macgregor and Thu Ha Chow. Macgregor will oversee credit research for the company in Asia as head of credit research Asia Pacific. Previously, Macgregor worked at Aviva Investors Asia as senior vice president in charge of Asian credit research. Chow is joining the firm as a senior credit analyst, where he will focus on proprietary credit research. Chow transferred from the group’s London office.