He graduated in International Relations from Keele University in 1978 and subsequently was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Letters by Keele University in 2008. He worked for Terrence Higgins Trust from 1985, when he started in the postroom, subsequently working his way to become Chief Executive in 1991, a post he held until 2013.
He is also Chair of Involve, an advisory group promoting public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research. He lives in Peckham, London with his partner of 27 years, a counselling psychologist.
In 1999 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his contribution to the charitable sector and was appointed a Commissioner of the Commission for Health Improvement. Partridge was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours.
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