Speaker Breakfast with Dame Barbara Stocking
Dame Barbara became the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, originally founded as New Hall, in July 2013.
Murray Edwards is one of only three remaining women’s colleges in the UK, all of them at Cambridge. In addition to Barbara’s college responsibilities, she is Trustee and Chair of numerous Cambridge and external business and humanitarian organisations and is the co-author of the Murray Edwards research report, ‘Collaborating with men: changing the workplace culture to be more inclusive to women’, published last year. The key insight from this research was that committing to gender equality means men actively working to change workplace culture, and that building understanding, respect and stronger relationships between male and female colleagues will improve working lives, outputs, access to sponsorship and women’s progress to the top.
Barbara was also appointed Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts to assess WHO’s response to 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 her role at Murray Edwards, Barbara was Chief Executive of Oxfam for 12 years. She led major humanitarian responses, and Oxfam’s work on Make Poverty History, climate change, and the current Grow campaign on food justice in a resource constrained world. She has spoken at many major global meetings, including Davos, World Economic Forum, and the UN. Barbara was also previously a member of the top management team of the National Health Service and, in her eight years with the NHS, she worked as Regional Director for the South East of England, and then as the founding Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency.
She’s a fantastic woman – massively respected, an inspiration to her students, and is living proof that the notion ‘you can be nice or competent, but not both’ is a total fallacy.