Our leadership structure starts at the top level, with our board. Atlas’ board comprises a chair and four non-executive directors, who work to ensure our long-term success.

You can find the biographies of our Board, below.

Chair – Alan Stuttard

Alan Stuttard has a career spanning 40 years, mainly at the Finance Director level, within public sector healthcare and NHS organisations, including across Acute Services, Ambulance Service, Department of Health and Regional Health Authority.

Prior to his retirement, he was the Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the North West Ambulance Service.

Alan holds three Non-Executive Director positions at, Blackpool Operating Company Ltd (Blackpool Sandcastle Waterpark), Blackpool Waste Services Ltd (Enveco), and Bolton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which has its own wholly-owned subsidiary Company, IFM Ltd.

Alan is also Chair of the Audit Committee at each of the organisations and has held Non-Executive roles with Health (Acute and Community Services), Primary Care, Local Government and Social Enterprise organisations. He is also a Volunteer Car Driver for the North West Ambulance Service, taking patients to and from the hospital for their appointments.

Non-Executive Director – Graham Cowley

Graham Cowley has significant and diverse Board-level managerial experience, working as the interface between public and private sectors, across many different organisations.

A Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Graham is currently the Chair of Blackpool Opportunity Area Partnership and has a career spanning all aspects of senior management, from operations, to sales, business and finance. With a penchant for transforming new businesses into successful enterprises, through mentoring and coaching.

Non-Executive Director – James Wilkie

James Wilkie holds a long and successful career in local government, working for a number of local authorities in Scotland and the North West.

James began his career as a town planner and moved on to lead a wide range of services, holding several different executive positions. Following his retirement from local government, James served as a Non-Executive Director with the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust until late 2017, when he moved out of the Trust's constituency area.

Non-Executive Director – Prof. Nicki Latham

Prof. Nicki Latham was previously an Improvement Director at NHS Improvement.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Performance and Development at Health Education England (HEE), with the remit to provide the NHS workforce with the right skills and values, in the right place at the right time to better meet the needs of patients – now and in the future.

Nicki has a wide-ranging portfolio including Executive responsibility for performance, workforce transformation, research and innovation, genomics and Building a Digital Ready Workforce. Nicki also had oversight for the NHS Leadership Academy to provide leadership development for better care. Nicki was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the NHS National Institute for Health Research which provides a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public. Prior to these national roles over the past 11 years, Nicki gained more than 15 years of experience in higher education holding several senior management posts. She has experience as a lecturer and researcher; including at Leeds Beckett University where she completed her PhD in Health Education.