Dame Barbara Stocking DBE

President of Murray Edwards College


Dame Barbara Stocking was Chief Executive of Oxfam GB from May 2001 until February 2013. During this time Barbara led major humanitarian responses including the Horn of Africa and the West Africa food crises, as well as the Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods and Tsunami. On campaigning Barbara led Oxfam’s work on Make Poverty History, and more recently their work on climate change and the current Grow campaign on food justice in a resource constrained world. Barbara regularly spoke at major global meetings; for example at the UN, in New York and Rome and at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In July 2013 Barbara took up her new post as the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge.

Previously a member of the top management team of the National Health Service, in her eight years with the NHS, Barbara worked as regional director for the South East of England, and then as the founding Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency. Barbara has a Masters degree in physiology, and has broad experience of healthcare systems, policy and practice, including periods at the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and with the World Health Organisation in West Africa.

Barbara is married and has two sons. She was awarded a CBE for health services in 2000 and a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for humanitarian services in the 2008.

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