James Partridge

James Partridge

Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Face

James Partridge is Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces, the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements, which is now a £1.8 million organisation with a 30-strong staff team. Before setting up Changing Faces in 1992, James worked as a health economist in public health in the NHS in the 1970s, and established a dairy farming business in Guernsey and taught A level economics at The Ladies' College in the 1980s.

He launched the charity after the positive response to his book, published by Penguin (1990), Changing Faces: the Challenge of Facial Disfigurement (available from Changing Faces). He writes and presents widely on disfigurement, disability, inclusion and social entrepreneurship in the UK and internationally. In November 2009, for example, he was a guest newsreader for a week on national TV (Channel Five News), an appearance designed to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disfigurements in society.

He won a number of national awards such as in March 2010, the Third Sector award for Most Admired Charity Chief Executive 2010 following his nomination by Dame Mary Marsh, Director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme. He also won The Beacon Prize for Leadership in 2010, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Directory of Social Change, the National Diversity Awards and the Employers’ Forum on Disability.

He is also a founding Director of Dining with a Difference, a disability consultancy company (www.diningwithadifference.com).

Married with three grown-up children and four grandchildren, James lives in Guernsey and London. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005 and has Honorary Doctorates from both of the Universities in Bristol, his birthplace.