Charles Hantom and Susan Machin manage the Moroccan Association they established to care for abandoned equines and to provide work here in Marrakech.
Charles is a retired solicitor having been the Senior Partner at a well known firm in Manchester. Throughout his professional life he represented Trade Unions and their members. Before his retirement in 2008 he was presented with an award from the Community Trade Union for his outstanding service to iron and steel workers. A statuette made from a limited supply of iron-ore preserved at Telford in the UK holds pride of place at Jarjeer and is a constant reminder of the skills shown by working men and women.
During the building of the Villa at Jarjeer, Charles witnessed such skills when the steel core of the building was erected to earthquake standards and to withstand the strong winds from the High Atlas mountains.
Charles’ lifelong commitment to the rights of working people continues as the community at Jarjeer flourishes. Any service provided under his stewardship will be of the finest but delivered without any worker or tradesman being exploited.
Susan is a barrister having previously practised in Manchester. She has a background in psychiatry and her former practice was primarily Mental Health. Susan is the driving force behind providing employment for local people and that zeal is only matched by her concern for working animals and their owners.
The establishment of Jarjeer Mules was Susan’s brainchild who is devoted to the promotion and understanding of these wonderful animals.