Barbara Stocking

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Barbara Stocking at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, 28 January 2012.

Dame Barbara Mary Stocking, Mrs. MacInnes, DBE (born 28 July 1951) is a British public servant and the former Chief Executive of Oxfam GB.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Stocking was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, and started at New Hall, Cambridge in 1969, graduating with a degree in Pharmacology.


She was a regional director of the NHS.

She joined Oxfam in 2001 and led the charity for nearly 12 years, stepping down in February 2013.[2] In March 2013, she was elected as the fifth President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge (founded as New Hall), and officially commenced her role in July 2013.[3]

Under her leadership Oxfam has been trying to address crises in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Sudan, as well as addressing the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami and the earthquake in Pakistan. Stocking pushed for more focus on HIV/AIDS.[1]

Under Stocking's leadership, "turnover has hit £300m. Oxfam now has more than 750 shops in the UK, 6,000 staff all over the world and sister organisations in 13 countries. Oxfam officials have gone from the charity into government and helped make new Labour the most charitable administration ever ... [T]he annus mirabilis for Oxfam was 2005, when [Tony] Blair and [Gordon] Brown pushed for the G8 nations to agree to an extraordinary programme of debt relief and subsidies for Africa, Live 8 played Hyde Park, and the Asian tsunami provoked an outburst of altruism."[4]


Barbara Stocking was named as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2008.


Barbara Stocking is married to Dr John MacInnes; they have two sons (Andrew and Stephen).


  1. ^ a b The Guardian profile on Barbara Stocking
  2. ^ BBC News Oxford
  3. ^ News section of Murray Edwards College website
  4. ^ Business Fights Poverty

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Ruth Lynden-Bell
President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge