Barbara Stocking joined Oxfam GB as director in May 2001. Oxfam is a humanitarian, developing and campaigning agency, whose purpose is to work with others to overcome poverty and suffering. During the last six years, Barbara has led Oxfam’s response to humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, for the Tsunami and the Pakistan Earthquake. She has strengthened Oxfam’s campaigning (eg Make Trade Fair, Education) and pushed for Oxfam’s scale up of development work eg on Livelihoods and HIV/Aids.
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 and then as 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.