OBE, DSc Hon, FRCSEd Hon
Changing Faces – Chief Executive
James Partridge is the Founder (in 1992) and was until September 2017, 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. www.changingfaces.org.uk
As Chief Executive of Changing Faces, he was responsible for the overall strategy, fundraising and operational management of all aspects of the charity’s work both in providing and advocating for empowering services for people with disfigurements and in campaigning for face equality throughout British society.
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 has 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 has also played a number of significant roles on public bodies such as in 1999 being one of two Lay Members on the first Appraisal Committee of NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as it was then).
Married with three grown-up children and four grandchildren, James lives in London and Guernsey. 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.