New members of the Executive Committee – 2017

BAFRA is pleased to announce the appointment of two Associate Members to the Executive Committee, Rachel Cooze and Cesar Cerejo. Rachel has taken on the role of Events Officer.

Rachel Cooze was born in Wiltshire and still lives in the county.  She studied French at Cardiff University and was awarded a BAHons.  After a successful career in Marketing and Public Relations, which also covered publishing and design, she began retraining in 2001, first as a furniture maker at Basingstoke Collect of Technology, then as a restorer/conservator at West Dean College.   She has run Cotswold View Restoration for over a decade and also frequently collaborates with BAFRA Accredited Member Martin Burgoyne (Heartwood Restoration) and BHI Member Peter George, (Rockley Clocks) for whom she carries out work on clock cases.

Cesar Cerejo, is a director of the recently established furniture conversation and restoration company – “Caesars Conservation” whilst also working as a restorer for a well established London antiques trader.

Cesar began his career as a cabinet maker’s apprentice but soon his passion for antiques led him to attend university, where he completed a 5 year degree in conservation and restoration, specialising in restoration of furniture and wooden carved objects. Whilst at university, he was elected President of the N.C.R (Conservation & Restoration Students Union Association) and during his tenure, the N.C.R organised a number of lectures, workshops and other events related to conservation and restoration.
In 2007, after finishing his degree, he relocated to london to work exclusively for an antiques trader before establishing his own conservstion and restoration business.
As a professional, he has attended various lectures, workshops and courses, notably including “Wood Identification” lectured by Peter Gasson at Kew Gardens,
and others organised by BAFRA, Christies Education, Sotherbys Institute, amongst others.
Cesar is delighted to be joining BAFRA, sharing his passion for conservation and restoration and specifically the identification of antique furniture, as items of historical interest and craftsmanship, whilst also being objects of everyday practical use.