John and alpacas
John and alpacas

John Franklin-Hackett traded his professional job as a consultant for a life in the countryside:

“The pivotal moment came during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. To get a break from the stress and anxiety everyone was suffering, we decided to visit some alpaca farms (when restrictions allowed) and found the experience of being around alpacas incredibly relaxing and therapeutic.

“I’d never even seen an alpaca before, but we subsequently developed an interest in them and began visiting farms and breeders to gain further information and hands-on experience.

“At the end of the year, there was another blow when Covid meant we couldn’t see our family over Christmas.

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Story and photos at the Shropshire Star

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.