<strong>PricewaterhouseCoopers</strong><br />Jonathan Howe, a partner at the accountancy firm, has been appointed market leader of the UK insurance tax practice and a member of the UK insurance leadership team.<br /><br />Howe has 16 years of experience at PwC and will be leading a team of 10 insurance tax specialist partners and directors. He succeeds Anne Hamilton, who left the firm to join rival Deloitte at the end of April.<br /><br /><strong>Barclays Wealth </strong><br />The wealth management firm has appointed Alex Freeman, Simon Scott, Karl Moore and Bryan Dix as board directors at Barclays Private Clients International (BPCI) in the Isle of Man.<br /><br />Freeman has been appointed operations director. Simon Scott becomes risk director and Karl Moore finance director, while Dix joins the board as a third non-executive director.<br /><br /><strong>RBC Capital Markets</strong><br />The corporate and investment banking group has appointed Kurt Hallead and Greg Pardy as co-heads of global energy research.<br /><br />The pair will be responsible for coordinating research on macro themes, overseeing expansion of the firm&rsquo;s global energy research platform.<br /><br /><strong>Mercer</strong><br />The consulting firm has appointed Alan Baker as chief operating officer and Rupert Brindley as chief architect for its new dynamic de-risking solutions business, which was launched earlier this week.<br /><br />Baker joins from Oliver Wyman and has also previously worked in senior business development, operational leadership and consulting roles at IBM Business Consulting, Lloyds TSB and PricewaterhouseCoopers.<br /><br />Brindley joins after 14 years with UBS Investment Bank, where he was a managing director focusing on risk management and liability-driven investment strategies.<br /><br /><strong>Pemberton Greenish</strong><br />The specialist property and private client law firm has appointed William Edwards to its private client team.<br /><br />Edwards specialises in tax planning, wealth protection, administration of estates, drafting of wills, drafting and management of trusts and applications through the Court of Protection. He qualified as a solicitor in 2004.<br /><br /><strong>Advanced Power Components</strong><br />The Aim-listed electronic components firm has appointed Joe Stelzer as a non-executive director.<br /><br />Stelzer, 41, is an experienced industry leader, having previously brought Polaron to Aim and led it through a period of rapid growth until its acquisition by Cooper Industries in 2007. <br /><br />Since then, he has worked as vice president of Cooper&rsquo;s global lighting controls business and founded Silver Cloud Capital, a personal investment vehicle and advisory firm.