Oliver has been with UK Music since 2015. Before this he was a tutor, researcher, community worker, musician and composer. He has a PhD in Human Geography, where he wrote a thesis entitled The Educational and Economic Aspirations of Young People in Wales.
He sits on the Musicians’ Union’s education committee, as well as the advisory board for Live Music Exchange, the steering group for Make Music Day UK, the advisory group for London Music Fund’s Amplify London Programme and is a member of Anthem, which was set up to deliver the Welsh Government’s new Music Endowment Fund for Wales.
Oliver is a self-taught musician and since his teens has composed for and played in a variety of acts, as well as composing and performing for theatre and TV. Whilst training in martial arts he became drummer for a lion dance troupe. In his youth he also was long-listed for the BBC Fame Academy Award and was a finalist in the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry in his native Wales.