Dame Barbara Stocking

Former President at Murray Edwards College Cambridge

Former President, Murray Edwards College

Dame Barbara Stocking DBE was previously the President of Murray Edwards College until 2021. She was Chief Executive of Oxfam GB from May 2001 until February 2013. During this time she 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.

She took up her new post as the 5th President of Murray Edwards College in July 2013. 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 was awarded a CBE for health services in 2000 and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for humanitarian services in the 2008.