The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce Cathy Ferrier as their newly appointed Associate Director for Partnerships.
In this new role for the Skoll Centre, Cathy will work to expand the Centre’s global network and its resource base as it enters a new phase of growth.
Ferrier joins the Skoll Centre at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford from Sentebale, The Princes’ Foundation for Children in Africa, where she spent seven years as their Chief Executive. Sentebale was founded by HRH The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. The charity was started in Lesotho to support orphans and vulnerable children affected by the HIV epidemic and has since expanded to other countries in southern Africa.
Along with her extensive and impactful work with Sentebale, Ferrier is the appointed Chair of The Circle; an organisation started by Annie Lennox working for equality for women and girls. She was also the Fundraising Director at Oxfam, where she was responsible for raising over £100m per year and led the fundraising and branding strategy for Oxfam International.
Founded in 2003, the Skoll Centre is a leading centre for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. Ferrier joins the Skoll Centre at an exciting time. Under the leadership of director Dr Peter Drobac, the Centre is developing innovative programmes to train the next generation of social entrepreneurs, and launching research initiatives that explore pathways to create and finance systemic social and environmental change. Ferrier will support the Centre in forging new collaborations and cultivating deep connections with a global community of innovators.
‘I am thrilled to welcome Cathy to our team’ says Dr Drobac. ‘For decades, Cathy has fought to create greater opportunity for the most vulnerable among us. Sentebale’s growth and impressive impact across southern Africa is a testament to her leadership. Cathy will be an outstanding addition to Oxford Saïd and the Skoll community.’