People: Hamnett Wealth Management and Ecology Building Society

Erica Dietsch

Hamnett Wealth Management, a Sheffield-based chartered independent financial advice company, has appointed Erica Dietsch to the team and announced the retirement of advisor Louise Gower.

Dietsch is an experienced financial advisor who has previously worked for mutual societies and banks.

She specialises in advising clients in Equity Release, Investments, Pensions, Trusts and Inheritance Tax Planning.

She also sits on the Committee for both the Sheffield Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Sheffield Life and Pensions Society.

Dietsch said: “I am looking forward to joining the Hamnett Wealth team. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to help Jonathan and Phil grow the business.

“I have always admired the way that they operate and how they have built a loyal base of clients who rely on them for managing their finances.

“They both share my passion for providing clear, concise and transparent independent financial advice.”

Jonathan Rowley, director and chartered independent financial advisor, said: “I have known Erica both personally and professionally for many years.

“When we needed to expand the team, I knew that Erica would be the ideal person to help us grow our advice capabilities.

“Erica is well known to many in Sheffield, having worked for the last 12 years at a local firm of chartered accountants.

“Erica has a very personable approach and I am sure she will fit into the existing team well.”

Louise Gower

Gower, who joined the team 11 years ago, was an accredited member of Resolution, specialising in Pensions and Divorce, and also worked as a pension transfer specialist.

She is now looking forward to enjoying time with her family and playing more golf at Abbeydale Golf Club.

Phil Smith, director of Hamnett Wealth, said: “Jonathan and I, along with the whole team, would like to thank Louise for all her hard work, dedication to her role and friendship over the years.

“She has always looked after our clients so well and we wish Louise all the best for the future.”


Yorkshire-based Ecology Building Society has appointed Sarah Kemp to its Executive Team in the newly created role of head of risk and compliance.

Kemp is leading the continued development of the mutual’s risk management and compliance strategy.

She is a qualified audit and financial crime specialist with extensive policy, advisory, assurance, oversight and audit experience gained across a variety of management roles, including senior positions at Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Chartered Bank.

Her appointment follows Ecology’s recent announcement of a second successive year of record profits.

This new role reflects the Society’s continued investment in its capabilities to ensure it is well placed to respond to the changing needs of its members and the regulatory environment.

Kemp said: “Since joining Ecology I have been struck by the passion and dedication of the whole team. I look forward to playing a key role in the future success of the Society as we continue to respond to the climate and ecological crisis.”

Paul Ellis, Ecology’s chief executive, added: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah to Ecology.

“Her extensive experience in financial services risk management and strong leadership track record will be a huge asset as we emerge from the disruption wrought by Covid-19, supporting our continued growth and contribution to the green recovery that is critical to addressing the greater challenge of the climate crisis.”