Ian Essen, Michael Barnett and Alan Goodman have been appointed to the stockbroking desk at Quilter and Co. Essen, who developed the Relative Strength Analysis price-orientated valuation methodology, joins as a consultant. He has worked as an equity research analyst for 30 years. Barnett and Goodman join as divisional director and associate divisional director respectively. Barnett has previously been a stock exchange trader and has worked as an adviser to institutional investors who use relative strength analysis. Both men have previously worked with Essen. Alan Kasket and Anthony Schindler have been appointed to the Asia sales desk at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Kasket joins from Prudential Bache in London where he was head of Asian sales. Prior to that he worked as an analyst for four and a half years in Hong Kong, where he researched Chinese stocks and Asia region transport and infrastructure stocks for Deutsche, Daiwa and Swiss Bank. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker. Schindler joins from Indosuez WI Carr in London where he worked for five years. Jonathan Freeman has been made a director at Beeson Gregory. Freeman joined the company in 1997, and previously worked for three years in a variety of roles on the creation and launch of Easdaq and the EASD. He completed an MBA at Warwick University in 1993. There have also been a further six promotions to associate director: Howard Brooks, who joined the firm in 1996 as an analyst specialising in electronics and technology businesses on the London and Easdaq markets Russell Kerr, who joined Beeson Gregory as a research analyst for the engineering and packaging sectors in 1996 (Kerr previously worked as a capital goods analyst at BW Rensberg for four years) David Mackay and Ray Stevenson, who joined Beeson Gregory in 1997 and have helped establish the firm's marketmaking operation in UK and Easdaq stocks Simon Stilwell, who has worked in the sales and marketing department since 1996 and Dr Stephen Osborne, who joined in 1997 as a biotechnology and healthcare analyst. Osborne was previously the senior scientist in the diagnostics division of Sorin Biomedica in Italy. Myles Cooper has been appointed a local director by Manchester-based stockbrokers Wise Speke, a division of Brewin Dolphin Securities. Cooper started his career with Seymour Pierce and Henry Cooke Lumsden before returning to Manchester to work in portfolio management for Brewin Dolphin. Michael Gallagher and Julie Statham, the Frankfurt-based consumer products analysts, have left Paribas to go to Deutsche Bank. Clay Smith, the number one Extel rated oil salesman, is joining Deutsche Bank from HSBC James Capel. Sam Fennell also joins Deutsche, from Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and both men will report to Fergus MacLeod, head of global oil research. Greig Middleton has hired four new analysts: Dermot Carr (breweries and leisure) and Peter Caldwell (engineering) join from Nikko Anne McIvor, formerly of Williams de Broë and ABN Amro and Chantal Osborne (general and food retail) from Barclays Stockbrokers.