The Atlas Foundation | Supporting people's lives across the globe
The Atlas Foundation is a charity founded by Jason Leonard and other rugby and corporate heavyweights to raise people out of disadvantage around the world.
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The ATLAS Foundation was founded by Jason Leonard and other rugby and corporate heavyweights to bring support to people around the world through the power of the game.

Atlas Founders

“After seeing the outstanding charity work done by rugby players and the rugby family here and overseas, we knew that we wanted to find a way to add our weight to their efforts, to improve the lives of disadvantage people across the world.”

Jason Leonard OBE

Founding Chairman

Former England prop, appeared for England 114 times plus 5 times for the British and Irish Lions, and won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He was President of the RFU in 2015 and hosted the Rugby World Cup in England. As well as having a busy and successful corporate career, he is a prolific supporter of charities and has raised over £2M through his annual dinners for a number of rugby, youth and health charities.

Bruce Priday

Founding Treasurer

Former Front Row and longstanding charity heavyweight in the Rugby world. Bruce played first class club rugby largely in the South West from the late 70’s to the early 90’s including county and regional representative appearances including against international touring teams.  Bruce founded Prydis in 1991 and remains its Chairman. It is a full service accountancy, investment, tax and legal practice which specialises in corporate finance and tax advice from offices in Devon, Cornwall, London and Manchester.

ATLAS Trustees

Jason Leonard OBE

Chairman of Trustees

Jason remains Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He is active in promoting the charity, meeting and thanking supporters, attending fund-raising events, and visiting ATLAS projects around the world.

Jeff Probyn


Jeff played prop for England and scored three tries in his 37 appearances. After retiring from international rugby he moved into coaching and management, managing the England U21 team and sitting on the RFU council and various committees. He is now a successful rugby writer, presenter and commentator.

Paul Rendall


Paul joined the ATLAS Board in September 2016. He is a retired Wasps and England prop, who was capped 38 times and played in two Rugby World Cups. He went on to found the Front Row Union Club (FRUC) with Jeff Probyn and Brian Moore.

Lord Addington


Dominic Hubbard, 6th Baron Addington, is a British Peer who speaks in the House of Lords on Sport and Disability. He was a founder member and remains Captain of the Commons and Lords Rugby Football Union Club, playing as prop for the Parliamentary team.

Neil Blair


Neil joined the ATLAS Board in January 2018 and is Chairing the Atlas All Schools group. He is J.K. Rowling’s agent, Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership and Chairman of Pottermore. He is a keen rugby fan and Saracen’s supporter. Neil is involved in a number of charitable causes including Lumos and The Abraham Fund Initiatives.

Michael Whitfield


Michael joined the Atlas Board in January 2018 and Chairs Atlas’s Front Row Club. Michael founded Thomsons Online Benefits and adds value to a diverse portfolio of early stage technology businesses. He sits on the Board of a number of charities, all help young people get on in life. He is also Chairman of Barnes RFC, father of five children, and also had a new grandson to keep him busy.

The ATLAS Team

Sally Pettipher

Chief Executive

Sally Pettipher, specialist in sports philanthropy, was originator of the All School’s legacy programme for RWC 2015 and has worked with Jason Leonard on a number of charitable initiatives. She holds several Trusteeships, executive and non-executive positions in sports organisations and educational establishments.

Neil Blewitt

Golf & Cycling Event Organiser

Neil Blewitt is a corporate exchange specialist who works in the City and in his spare time generously organises ATLAS’s annual Golf Day, coordinates the ATLAS Trek team, and manages our increasing peloton of cyclists in the annual Grand Fondo, Tour of Cambridgeshire.

Randall & Payne


Randall & Payne are a leading independent firm of chartered accountants, business advisers and tax specialists working with clients throughout the UK and internationally.

Sally Hoddell

Finance Officer

Sally Hoddell has a background in design and production companies. She is an keen sportswoman competing in taekwondo and also as a rower and cox for her local club.


Nelson Mandela perfectly captured our feelings about sport. For us, rugby in particular.

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people, in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”