Legal and professional services group Ampa has announced it will be supporting Anthropy – a brand-new event already being called ‘the UK’s Davos’ that brings together the nation’s leaders to help build back from the Covid-19 pandemic through a longer term vision for Britain.

With more than 1,000 senior leaders and influencers from across politics, education and the arts through to global companies and household brands attending, the event will generate practical solutions and policy recommendations to drive positive, socially-responsible economic change.

Ampa has joined Anthropy, which will take place 2-4 November at the renowned Eden Project in Cornwall, as an official content partner and its CEO Sarah Walker-Smith will be speaking at various sessions throughout the three days, as well as chairing Ampa’s own session.

The session, entitled ‘The Economics of &’, will explore abundance mentality, how economic and fiscal policy can best drive business investment, and long-term policy and planning with a host of panellists including the CBI’s chief policy director Matthew Fell, the University of East London’s vice chancellor Amanda Broderick, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s vice chair Juergen Maier, and One Young World ambassador Dara Latinwo.

Sarah Walker-Smith said: “We are delighted to be helping shape the first-ever Anthropy, which brings diverse experiences together to discuss how we can move forward together as a nation.

With the complex and long-term challenges ahead, changes in business behaviour will be a necessary part of the solution for the economy, society and world, and it is great to see so many organisations and leaders willing to stand up and help solve some of these problems.

The long-term perspective of business transcends short-term political considerations and as business leaders, we can – and should – lead the way to ensure business is both purposeful and profitable, benefitting our people, clients, communities and the environment.

COIVD-19 and the more recent societal and economic crises have presented us with a unique opportunity for permanent shifts in our thinking, behaviours, words and actions, and it is vital we embrace what the pandemic has taught us about our ability to change business for good – in all senses of the word.

We are already pushing for change and sharing best practice through research reports and white papers on a multitude of topics. I am looking forward to collaborating with hundreds of other experienced leaders and helping to create a vision for long-term change for the good of all, as well as learning a great deal myself.

Dozens of luminaries from a wide cross-section of British business, academia and civil society are contributing to the event’s expansive agenda, including Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit; London mayor Sadiq Khan; Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria; prima ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell; shadow chancellor of the exchequer Rachel Reeves MP; and EY UK managing partner Hywell Ball.

Founder John O’Brien MBE describes the event as a ‘launchpad for change’, which will offer an opportunity for an ecosystem of leaders from all sectors to share thinking in order to create ambitious and progressive solutions to the challenges facing the country.

He said: “Anthropy arose out of a recognition of the challenges the pandemic presented both economically and socially, and the need to move past our traditional fault lines and silos to embrace inclusive longer-term thinking to create a new vision for Britain.

We are so thrilled to have Ampa on board as a content partner. As the UK’s largest ever crowd-sourced agenda, we rely heavily on the generosity of organisations like Ampa, and the event just would not be possible without them.

Ampa, which has submitted its application to become a B Corporation, includes full-service law firm Shakespeare Martineau, consumer law brand Lime Solicitors, planning consultancy Marrons Planning, uninsured loss recovery experts Corclaim, cyber security company CSS Assure, Sussex law firm Mayo Wynne Baxter, and strategic advisory consultancy Coadax.

Thought leaders, policymakers and executives interested in joining discussions around the future of Britain are invited to find out more and register for the event at To express interest in being a media delegate for the event, please email For information on sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please email

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Sarah Walker-Smith is the CEO of Shakespeare Martineau. She is the first female, non-lawyer CEO in the legal top 50. A trained accountant having worked for PWC and Deloitte, Sarah puts people at the core of everything she does as well as the marketing and branding experience gained at Boots plc.

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Published: 6th October 2022
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