Who we are

The Olivers Wish Foundation was founded in memory of Oliver Dowling, who tragically passed away in his sleep in the autumn of 2015. Oliver made a huge impact on all those that he met. A born entertainer, he was full of life and touched everyone with his kind and gentle nature. Oliver gave so many happy memories to his family and friends during his short life and he will be remembered with love always.

The Oliver's Wish foundation is aiming to raise as much money as we can in Oliver's memory for a range of charities that are focused on the support of children and young people;

Oliver's Wish Foundation is a charitable fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund

Registered Charity Number: 1099682

  • Anton Oliver

    Anton Oliver played for the All Blacks rugby team for over a decade and was a powerful hooker renowned for his physicality in the scrum.

    Seemingly destined for greatness from an early age, Anton made all possible New Zealand age group rugby teams: U17, U19, U21 and the NZ Secondary Schools Team – captaining them all. He played his first game for the All Blacks in 1996 against Eastern Province in South Africa, remarkably, almost twenty years to the day after his father played his first game for the All Blacks on the same ground against the same opposition. Oliver played his first test match against Fiji in 1997 and was named captain in 2001. Anton's father Frank was also an All Blacks captain, making them the first and only father-son All Black captains in history.

    Anton was in the elite NZ All Blacks squad for thirteen years - in which time he completed two degrees while holding down a full time, high pressure position which took him all around the world. He then moved to London where he completed additonal degrees - one at the University of Oxford and latterly an MBA from the University of Cambridge. Anton now works in the city of London using his experience from sport in the pursuit of business excellence driving results with and through people.

    Along with his charitable work, Anton speaks and hold workshops on leadership, team dynamics, conflict, change management, and the importance of culture and group values.


  • Daniel Beard

    Keeping in the spirit of Patron’s having a rugby heritage, Daniel Beard is a former semi-professional rugby player spending eight years at Championship team London Welsh RFC.

    Daniel came up through the London Welsh Under 21’s team whilst studying Sports Science at Brunel University. After graduating, Daniel became close friends with Rob Dowling whilst working for Pentasia Recruitment, before moving into the industry of online gambling. After 6 years of industry experience, Daniel came back to work with Rob again at Partis Solutions.

    Along with being a patron for Oliver’s Wish, Daniel is a mentor at Centrepoint Homeless charity helping young people pursue a happier and more fulfilling life by achieving their personal and vocational goals.

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