Meet the panel

Hannah Tankard

Hannah Tankard is the Business Emergency Resilience director at Business in the Community (BITC). Hannah's background is in preventing disasters, specifically flooding. Hannah's current focus areas are two-fold: how to support small businesses to recover from the impacts of COVID-19; and how the business sector, through BITC’s National Business Response Network, can support community organisations to respond and recover from COVID-19. Hannah holds an MA in Disasters, Adaptation and Development and has long been interested in how to mitigate the impacts of hazards and threats on communities, especially for those most vulnerable in society.

Anthony C. Gruppo

Prior to joining Marsh Commercial in 2019, Anthony was the USA Northeast Regional CEO of Marsh & McLennan Agency, and has over 30 years of experience driving organic growth.

Anthony focuses on building invaluable client relationships with his renowned model, Six Degrees of Impact. His consultative approach guides clients to uncover opportunities and create effective, profitable solutions. As a leader, Anthony is known for his unique concepts and strategies; has authored six books focused on personal and organisational development; and hosts The Roots of Leadership podcast, which he created.

Helen Lam

Helen Lam, has worked in both the public and private sector, working for charity groups, local authority and the London 2012 Games. She has been at Marsh for over 6 years, and her current role is Head of Social Impact for the UK & Ireland. In her role she is responsible for managing Marsh Charity Partnerships, colleague volunteering and pro bono support. Outside work Helen is a keen volunteer, being a parent governor for a local nursery, as well as a board member for The Leading Learning Trust. 

Sam Palmer

Sam has worked in fundraising for seventeen years and is currently Development Director with UK poverty think tank the Centre for Social Justice. Having spent a decade working for UK youth charities and seven years at Chatham House, the International Relations think tank, he has expertise in working with High Net Worth Individuals, Trusts and companies to generate income and has managed a highly successful membership programme.