ATLAS was founded to carry on the work of John Patrick “Paddy” Kenneally, a World War Two Digger who was helped by the people of Timor-Leste and who fought tirelessly for the independence of its people.

After independence Paddy supported a number of programs to assist the people of Timor-Leste in gratitude of the assistance the people gave during the War.

The governing board of ATLAS is chaired by Gerald Kenneally, Paddy’s son, and its members include Father Graham McIntyre, Greg Mills B Sc., M, Mgt and Paul McGrath.