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Dame Barbara Stocking became the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in July 2014. She is the College's first ‘home-grown' President, having received her BA from New Hall in 1972.

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 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.

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 DBE for humanitarian services in 2008, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College in 2010.

President of Murray Edwards College,
University of Cambridge
Dame Barbara  Stocking
Not available for consultancy


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