Dame Barbara Stocking to take unpaid leave from Presidency

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Murray Edwards College’s Governing Body today announced that it had agreed to a request from the President, Dame Barbara Stocking, to take unpaid leave ahead of her expected participation in the Charity Commission and Select Committee’s enquiries into Oxfam’s actions in Haiti in 2011.

During the time of the President’s leave, dating from March 6 to April 17 2018, the College’s Vice-President, Dr Ruchi Sinnatamby, will serve as the President’s Deputy whilst the College Governing Body considers appointing an Acting President during Dame Stocking’s leave of absence.

The Times reported last month that members of Oxfam, one of the UK’s biggest charities, had used prostitutes in Haiti sometime in 2011. Stocking was chief executive of Oxfam when the allegations emerged in 2011, during which she said, “Oxfam never tolerates misconduct by our aid workers. We will take forceful and immediate action pending the outcome of the investigation."

The college said after The Times report: "You may be aware that the President has been featured in the news... about an incident that occurred in Haiti while she was CEO of Oxfam GB. Some of the media coverage is rather unpleasant, accusing the President and Oxfam of 'covering-up' sexual misconduct.

"We would like to assure you that the College believes these allegations to be untrue, has full confidence that the matter was dealt with appropriately at the time, and the President has the College's full support."

The email was sent to all Murray Edwards students by Dr Juliet Foster, the College’s Senior Tutor. Dr Foster has been emailed for comment.

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