James is Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces (www.changingfaces.org.uk), the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements, which is now a £1.8m organisation with a 30-strong staff team. 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. He is also a founding Director of Dining with a Difference, a disability consultancy company (www.diningwithadifference.com) which has had a significant impact on business.
He has numerous awards. For example 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. James was given an OBE in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Birthday Honours in 2002 and The Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award, RADAR’s People of the Year in 2003.