Dame Barbara Stocking became the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, at the University of Cambridge in July 2013.
In March 2015, she was appointed Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts to assess WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak. The Final Report was published in July 2015.
Prior to taking up her post at Murray Edwards College, Barbara was Chief Executive of Oxfam GB from May 2001 until February 2013. During this time she led major humanitarian responses. 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.
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 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.