The Team Behind ATL – Leaders in Aquarium Technology
ATL the leaders in Aquarium Technology Ltd is a private limited company wholly and exclusively owned by its directors, officers and employees. The participation of employees in the ownership of ATL is an ideal which has been followed since the company was established in 1996. This has resulted in a highly motivated, multi skilled and focused team with a negligible labour turnover.
The company was founded by Nick Stantiford who led the management buyout from then owners Vardon Attractions. Nick successfully led the company for 20 years before retiring from day to day duties in 2016. Nick continues to share his industry knowledge and experience as an active member of ATL’s board of directors.
Managing Director Kevin Turner has nearly 25 years experience in the aquarium industry following previous successful careers in medium engineering and volume manufacturing. Over 25 years Kevin has over seen the building of many large aquarium and zoo exhibit visitor attractions across the globe. Kevin has also extensive experience of operating within the highly specialist, quality orientated contemporary art sector. Kevin is backed up by a very experienced and dedicated team. Our displays designer Justin Shepherd has been designing aquarium displays, reinforced composite structures and contemporary art exhibits for 24 years. Office Manager Nina Amor provides an efficient level headed approach to the day to day running of the company. Nina manages our exports, accounts, personnel training and general human resources functions. She also provides the friendly voice of ATL and is most likely the first point of contact for many of our customers.
Our friendly and experienced project management team is led by Senior Project manager Phil Boniwell. Following a distinguished naval career, Phil moved into the leisure industry before progressing into the visitor attractions construction industry. Phil has amassed vast experience in the aquarium industry accrued over the last 30 years and he has led ATL installations around the globe. Gary Neal and Darren Trent are ATL’s most recent additions to their project management team. Gary has over 30 years experience in all aspects of the aquarium industry with a particular bias towards life support system design and installation. Darren gained operational experience working within a multi national aquarium chain before joining the ATL installations team over 16 years ago. Both Gary and Darrens practical experience will prove invaluable in their increasingly important project management roles as ATL moves forward.
ATL is literally a ‘one stop shop’ for all aspects of aquarium display manufacturing. We literally design, construct and waterproof tank strcutures, fabricate and install viewing panels, specify and install life support systems LSS and produce stunning tank decor, all in house here in our own workshops. Controlling our production facility and maintaining our own high quality standards is workshop manager Gerry Johnson. Gerry spent many years operating in a stock control and quality management positions for the volume manufacturing industries before joining the ATL team over 16 years ago. He leads an incredibly dedicated, flexible, multi skilled team of hands on aquarium constructors, composite technicians, viewing panel technicians as well as an increasingly important team of highly skilled creatives.
ATL actively recognises the need for employment continuity and actively encourages career development from within. Our team is rightly very proud at what we have already done and what we continue to achieve in the industry.
ATL an experienced friendly, flexible and unique team, running a quite unique company offering a quality service to very specialist industries.