Social Founder Stories
Changing Faces founder, the late James Partridge OBE, shares his story
How wonderful that we captured James Partridge OBE talking about his founder story before he so sadly passed away in 2020. James founded Changing Faces, the UK charity, in 1992, using his own personal experience of facial disfigurement, his work in Health Economics, and his entrepreneurial skills to set up, grow and lead this groundbreaking charity for 25 years.
We hear about how he coped with a life-changing 40% burns accident aged 18, his books, his advice on branding, celebrities and media, the importance of research, launching a capital appeal for a building, strategies for coping with the 2009 financial crash and austerity, the changing nature of his relationship with his board, his resilience - and much more.
James then went on to found Face Equality International, a global alliance of 38 NGOs. Through all of this his brilliant skills in networking and relationships stand out, alongside his values and determination to make a difference for people living with disfigurement. There's so much to learn and be inspired by in this story.
"The people that I met and worked with, through all these 25 years, were very very important to me, because they gave me the sense that I wasn't alone in all of this. We were all on a march to enhance life prospects for people with disfigurements and disabilities."
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Listen to James' founder story on the Social Founder Stories podcast, Episode 10 - on all podcast platforms via the links above. Enjoy, and please send us your feedback.