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    Dame Barbara Stocking

    01223 762227
    Murray Edwards College
    University of Cambridge
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    President Emerita; Chair of Panel for a Global Public Health Convention

    Honorary fellow

    Degrees and honours

    • MA Cantab
    • DBE.


    Dame Barbara Stocking became the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in July 2013.

    In addition to Barbara’s College responsibilities, Barbara is also a Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Trust  and the Cambridge Trusts, and Chair of the Faculty Board of Human, Social and Political Sciences.  Externally to Cambridge she is Chair of the Trustees of Blueprint for Better Business, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Humanitarian Memorial.

    In March 2015, Barbara was appointed Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts to assess WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak. The report was published in July 2015.  It was widely praised and has resulted in major changes in WHO’s health emergencies planning and response.

    Prior to taking up the post of President at Murray Edwards College, Barbara was Chief Executive of Oxfam 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, eg. Davos, World Economic Forum, UN, etc.

    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.