James Partridge OBE

Founder and CEO Changing Faces

James Partridge is Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces, the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements, which is now a £1.5 million organisation with a 40-strong staff team. Before setting up Changing Faces in 1992, James worked as a health economist in public health in the NHS in the ‘70s, and established a dairy farming business and taught A level economics in Guernsey in the 1980s.

James launched Changing Faces 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, James 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.

James 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 Business Disability Forum.

James Partridge is a long-time Associate of Business Disability Forum and holds various honorary posts such as on Ambitious about Autism's Development and Public Affairs Committee. He previously served on the Appraisal Committee of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Chief Medical Officer's Expert Panel on Cosmetic Surgery, and as Chair of the Department for Work and Pensions' Employer Engagement Steering Group and is also a founding Director of Dining with a Difference, a disability consultancy company ().

Married with three ‘grown-up' children, he 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.