Meet Some of the Dorothea Team 


John Wallis: Director


Having grown up within the business that his father started (Dorothea Restorations), he had the chance to re-start the company several years ago after the company that owned it got into trouble. It has been hard work but we have now re-established Dorothea Restorations as a company providing high quality restoration and conservation services throughout many varied industries across the UK.

Having completed an HND in Mechanical Engineering he spent many years within the business both on the practical side running and carrying out projects and subsequently progressed into the management team. He is currently applying for membership to the IMechE.


Ruan Bester: Commercial Director


Ruan joined us in April 2014 to help run the ever growing order book and help develop the commercial side of the business. He is a qualified quantity surveyor and has an enthusiasm for our kind of work.

Joe Bennett: Trainee Contracts Manager


Julian Beel: Project Foreman

Julian has been with Dorothea in one form or another since 1987.  He is an experienced engineer and has been responsible for the successful completion of many high profile restoration projects throughout his career so far.

Robert Oakes: Foreman

Zenon Jurkow: Workshop Foreman

Zenon joined us in 2005 as a craftsman and has worked his way through to Supervisory level. His background is varied and has many skills including fine metal works, working with non ferrous metals, gilding, drawing and many of the finer engineering skills. Zenon is currently working towards his PACR accreditation with ICON.

Philip Berry - Roper: Craftsman

Arunas Kucinskas : Craftsman

Martin Miezavs: Craftsman

Arian Mitso: Craftsman

Chris Bryant: Craftsman / Metalworker

James Wynn-Haggard: Craftsman

James joined us in May 2014 as a Trainee Craftsman. Having completed an arts based university course with a bias towards metalwork. He has fitted in well within the teams and is learning the trade quickly.

Sam White: Apprentice

Stephen Rudge: Craftsman


Dorothea Restorations have a vast range of specialist skills including:


  • Cast iron stitching & welding

  • A full range of repair, strengthening and joining techniques including the use of:


              - electric arc / gas welding

              - plates             

              - stitches / dowels

              - adhesives / resins

              - carbon / glass fibres


  • Structural welding of wrought iron

  • Hot set riveting & rivet-busting

  • Specialist joinery and carpentry

  • Specialist glazing including lead came work

  • Patination and cleaning of lead, copper, brass and bronze

  • Supply of recycled Wrought (puddled) iron

  • Conservation blacksmithing, using wrought iron

  • Surface preperation - blast, flame, manual and mechanical cleaning

  • Application of traditional and modern coatings

  • Gilding and patination

  • Dressing, repair and manufacture of burr millstones

  • Repairs to traditional wind/watermills

  • Restoration of historic machinery

  • Activation of large historic machines for demonstration purposes

  • Operator guidelines and training

  • Safety advice and audits

  • Conservation advice, plans, and budgets

  • Condition surveys, specification writing, budget and project planning.


Pioneering techniques developed by Dorothea Restorations include:


  • Carbon fibre wrapping of cast iron to recreate 100% of the strength of the original item

  • Wrought iron welding

  • Pressed decorative zinc

  • Decorative copper roofing techniques

  • Curved and bent glazing in iron structures, including double-glazing

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