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David Partridge (he/him) 

Director of Finance and People

What do you do at Become?

My role is to lead and develop finance, people, and operational matters across the organisation, supporting the rest of the organisation to achieve its strategic goals.  My aim is always to make things as simple and straightforward as possible for team members so that they have more time to get on with doing their job rather than worrying about processes.

Can you say a bit about your past experiences and qualifications?

I’ve worked as an accountant and senior manager for more than 15 years in various organisations including local government, the NHS and a large secondary school.  My wife and I are Foster Carers for our local authority, and I’ve also been a school governor as well as a leader in my local church.

What do you like about working at Become?

I love being part of a small(ish) team and having the opportunity to be involved in lots of different aspects of Become’s work.  I’m practical and motivated and I like to be able to get on with change, so having the freedom to be able to do that is great.

What drives you?

As a Foster Carer I have seen the challenges that care-experienced young people in the UK face every day – I love being able to support and help young people in this practical way, but Become also allows me to be part of trying to give care-experienced young people better life chances and also to campaign for systemic change, which is clearly needed.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I have a very busy family life with two girls who are active dancers (four times per week) and foster children in and out of the house – there is always something going on!  I enjoy walking our rescue dog (for a bit of peace and quiet!), playing my guitar, and tinkering with anything electrical.