Oxfam Chief Executive to step down from role

3rd Sep 2012

Dame Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam GB has announced that she will be stepping down from her role in February 2013.

Stocking has led Oxfam GB since May 2001.  The organisation delivers development and humanitarian work in over 55 countries, and has become a global force that calls for those with the power to act against the causes of poverty.  Overseeing an annual income of more than £380m and more than 5,000 paid staff based all over the world, she has provided strong leadership within the organisation, and within the global Oxfam International confederation.

Since her arrival, Stocking has led Oxfam's response to the Tsunami, the Pakistan and Haiti earthquakes, and humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, and East Africa, as well as Oxfam's contribution to the Make Trade Fair, Make Poverty History and Control Arms campaigns.  She has also played a key international role, regularly attending meetings with leaders of the G8, IMF/World Bank, UN and World Economic Forum and sitting on a variety of UN committees overseeing humanitarian and development work.   

Stocking said: "It is essential that Oxfam keeps developing and reinventing itself to remain relevant in the world, and able to deliver fully on its purpose of bringing about a world without extreme poverty. I have loved leading Oxfam and would like to sincerely thank not only the thousands of dedicated staff working in some of the most difficult areas of the world, but also the public who have supported Oxfam in so many ways and campaigned tirelessly to help us achieve real change.  I am looking forward to watching Oxfam continue its vital role as the voice of the millions of people unjustly living in poverty around the world."

Stocking was awarded a CBE for health services in 2000 and a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for humanitarian services in 2008.  In December 2010 she was appointed as a non-executive Board member by the Cabinet Office.

The recruitment process for the role will begin shortly.

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For further information:
Leona Everitt, Oxfam Press Office +44 (0)1865 472237 / +44 (0)7827 957337 / leveritt@oxfam.org.uk