Our People

Michael Smith FCIOB   MFPWS

Managing Director

After just six years in the industry, starting on site, Mike founded Corniche in 1983. As MD he puts into practice all the knowledge learned ‘on the job’ initially within family companies, then branching out to other companies to develop and enhance his skills. Thirty five years on and the Company continues to flourish. A member of the Chartered Institute of Builders as Associate in 1984, Corproate Member in 1994, and Fellowship in 2015 and is now in his second term of office as a Trustee. He has gained a wealth of experince in this role, and given many hours and days to the Institue of which he is passionate about.

Mike is a strong believer in taking pride in one’s work, competency, team work and getting the job done to the required standard.

Marc Smith MCIOB

Commercial Director

Marc joined Corniche in 1991 shortly after completing a joinery apprenticeship where he Qualified at Advanced City and Guilds level. He has stayed at Corniche rising to Foreman, General Foreman, Supervisor and ultimately Commercial Director in 2000.

Marc has via the NVQ route obtained an NVQ level 7 in Construction Senior Management as well as SMSTS and C&G CAD level 3. He is also now a member of the Chartered Institue of Builders achived in May 2019. If that is not enough, he is our QMark fire door installation Competant Person. Whilst Marc concentrates on mainly Education projects, on which he has vast experience, his overall responsibilities include managing the Operations side of the Company, Company growth, Risk Management and Contract Management.

Neil Kelly ACIOB

Site Project and Contracts Manager

Neil trained as a apprentice carpenter and then foreman at Wates achieving an HNC before a self employed career as a carpenter.  He first worked in that capacity for Corniche in 1992 and finally in 2005 he became a full time employee in the capacity of Site Project Manager and now our Contracts Manager mentoring several employees into management.  An invaluable asset to the Company in many ways, he has taken the EPA route to obtain his ACIOB and has completed a SMSTS course which he keeps current. Neil is all about quality, following the specification and doing it right.

Anna Bataille

Admin Support

Anna’s Career started at Westminster City Council as a Technical Officer with part time study giving her an HNC. She worked for several Housing Associations and has worked with Occupation Therapists in Residential Care Homes and Clients own Property. She joined Corniche in 2006 for temporary cover as a Contracts Manager and was taken on full time. She now fills a role of supporting the Directors and Managers carring out site set up and on-going co-ordination and support, together with compliance and support to the Directors in delivery of the Business Development Strategy. She carries out Health and Safety Audits and Monitoring.  She has an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Contract Operations and an SMSTS.

Chris Smith

Project Supervisor

Whilst Chris is degree qualified, but it is not in construction: He has a BSc Hons in Sports Science whch has benefits to us in many ways and such a degree is about erformance and teamwork. He has taken and passed an HNC in Constrction Management and came into the industry after various career paths. As we would expect he has embraced the industry and is an enthusatic leaner – labourer to Manager in 4 years. He is currently being mentored by Marc into Contracts Managemement. He competed the SMSTS course and is embarking on the CIOB Site Management level 4 qualification.

Ian Maynard

Assistant Site Manager

Ian is a new recruit (2018) to add to our compliment with a striaghtforward career and approach. Ian gained his NVQ2 carpentry and joinery in 1995 after leaving school and has been in construction ever since. He is mostly carpentry based but also has specialism in shuttering. He has all rounb experience in general building from in the ground to the top of the roof. He has worked on many projects over the years ranging from small domestic jobs to large scale residential and civil sites. He has been involved in all aspects of the different trades. He is competent with drawings, planning, man management and an experienced foreman.

Kamil Mickelowski

Assistant Site Manager

Kamil is one of our success stories, rescued from a Sub-contract Gang.  He spoke little English and curiously now does with an Irish ‘twang’. He has gone on from humble beginnings to his current position by shere enthusiasm watching learning and mentoring. He is mutli-skilled with a specialism in groundwork trades and demolition, but generally he can turn his hand to most things. His ability or organise and run contracts with a firm hand too is an asset to us.