James Partridge OBE is Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces, the leading UK
charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements.
He launched the charity in 1992 after the positive response to his
book, published by Penguin (1990), ‘Changing
Faces: the Challenge of Facial Disfigurement’ (available here and reviewed here).
He writes and presents widely on disfigurement, disability, inclusion and
social entrepreneurship in the UK and internationally. In November 2009, 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.
Married with three ‘grown-up’ children, 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. He was the winner of Britain’s most admired Charity
Chief Executive for 2010 and the Beacon Prize for Leadership, also in 2010.
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 ‘80s.