James Partridge OBE
James Partridge OBE, DSc (Hon), FRCSEd (Hon)is Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces, the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements which is now a £1.5m 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 ‘70s, and established a dairy farming business and taught A’ level economics in Guernsey in the ‘80s.
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 fosteracceptance and inclusion of people with disfigurements in society. In March 2010 he won the Third Sector award for Most Admired Charity Chief Executive 2010. He is a long-time Associate of the Employers’ Forum on Disability and holds various honorary posts such as: member of TreeHouse’s Development and Public Affairs Committee and of the Department of Health’s National Burn Care Group, Chair of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Employer Engagement Steering Group.
He previously served on the Appraisal Committee of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Chief Medical Officer’s Expert Panel on Cosmetic Surgery. He 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.