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.”

RFU President

Jason Leonard OBE

Chairman of Trustees

Former England prop, appeared for England 114 times, 5 times for the British and Irish Lions, and won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He is currently President of the RFU 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.


Gareth Chilcott


Gareth Chilcott, former prop, played for Bath and England, winning 14 England caps and touring with the British Lions in Australia in ’89. He has a busy professional life having founded his own sports travel company Venatour. He is an active supporter of charities, particularly those that help disadvantaged children in the UK and overseas.

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Bruce Priday


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 which is a full service accountancy, investment, tax and legal practice with offices in Devon, Cornwall, London and Manchester which he now Chairs.  He specialises in Corporate Finance and tax advice.

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 is generously organising ATLAS’s inaugural Golf Day and a peloton of cyclists in the 2016 Tour of Cambridgeshire.