Cathy Ferrier

Associate director of partnerships
Skoll Centre

Cathy joined the Skoll Centre, in Oxford in March 2019 as associate director of partnerships. Previously she was the chief executive at Sentebale, The Princes’ Foundation for Children in Africa, since 2012. The charity was started in Lesotho supporting orphans and vulnerable children, and delivering psychosocial support to children affected by the HIV epidemic. Over the period the charity has seen considerable growth.

In 2017 Cathy was appointed Chair of The Circle, an organisation started by Annie Lennox working for equality for women and girls, in a fairer world.

Cathy was previously Fundraising Director at Oxfam, where she was responsible for raising over £100m per annum and led the fundraising and branding strategy for Oxfam International. Prior to joining the charity sector, Cathy’s commercial career spanned 20 years in buying and marketing roles for leading retailers, including the Burton Group, the Walt Disney Company, WH Smith and Borders.