Meet the Team

We aim to ensure clients are completely satisfied with our services and for that, we rely on our people. Many have been working with Corniche since the business started and all share our passion and values. Our people are our most important resource. Here's an introduction to some key personnel.

Mike Smith MD

Michael Smith FCIOB MFPWS

Managing Director

After just six years in the industry, starting on site, Mike founded Corniche in 1983. As Managing Director he puts into practice all the knowledge he has learned ‘on the job,’ initially within family companies then branching out to develop and enhance his skills. Thirty eight years on and Corniche continues to flourish. Mike believes in building and maintaining relationships, taking pride in one’s work, competency, team work, working to the required standards and meeting the Clients’ expectations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders, and was a Trustee for 6 years. He gained a wealth of experience in this role and has given many hours (and days) to the Institute he is passionate about. He sits on the CCLG as CIOB/CBC representative and is still actively involved with the CIOB in various capacities including the Professional Conduct Committee.

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 remained at Corniche, rising to Foreman, General Foreman, Supervisor and ultimately, Commercial Director in 2000.

Marc has obtained an NVQ level 7 in Construction Senior Management, via the NVQ route, as well as SMSTS and C&G CAD level 3 qualifications. In May 2019 he achieved membership of the Chartered Institute of Builders and in addition to that, he is our QMark fire door installation Competent Person.

Whilst Marc mainly concentrates on Education projects, an area in which he has vast experience, his overall responsibilities include managing the Operations side of the Company, Company growth, Risk Management and Contract Management.

Anna Bataille

Operations Support

Anna’s career started at Westminster City Council, as a Technical Officer, where she gained an HNC with part time study. Subsequently she worked for several Housing Associations and has worked with Occupational Therapists in Residential Care Homes and clients' own properties. She joined Corniche in 2006 to temporarily supplement our Contracts Manager and proved so successful that she was taken on full-time.

She is now invaluable, supporting the Directors and Managers carrying out site set-up and providing on-going coordination and support, together with compliance. Anna supports the Directors in the delivery of our Business Development Strategy and also carries out Health and Safety Audits and Monitoring. Anna has an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Contract Operations and an SMSTS.

Karl Wythe

Construction Manager

Karl is a seasoned construction professional with over 30 years in the industry. During this time, he’s worked on high-value projects in the education, public, healthcare and commercial sectors gaining in-depth experience from Contract, Site and Operations management roles.

His skills are an asset to the team at Corniche Construction, particularly his knowledge of health, safety and environmental issues, as well as a proven track record of managing complex projects to agreed timescales, budget and to a high specification.

Chris Smith

Contract Manager

Chris has a degree, but it is not in construction. His BSc Hons in Sports Science, however, is a benefit to us in many ways as he has an excellent understanding of performance and teamwork. He came into construction after various jobs and (as we would expect) has embraced the industry. An enthusiastic leaner, he has taken and passed an HNC in Construction Management and risen from labourer to Manager in just 4 years. He has also attained an SMSTS and has completed his Chartered Membership Programme. On top of that he is currently being mentored by Marc to develop his skills in Contracts Management. 

Kamil Mickelowski

Site Manager

Kamil is one of our success stories. Rescued from a sub-contract gang, he spoke little English when he started with us (and curiously, now does so with an Irish accent!). He has gone on from humble beginnings to his current position by shear enthusiasm, watching and learning and commitment to our mentoring scheme. He is multi-skilled with a specialism in groundwork trades and demolition, but can turn his hand to most things. His ability or organise and run contracts and keep a firm grip on all aspects of a project makes him another valuable member of the team.

Pippa Grindley

Business Development

Pippa joined us in 2021 having previously enjoyed a position carrying out business development for a large tier one contractor. She has a wealth of experience in the construction industry as well as a broad knowledge of Sales and Marketing. Enthusiastic and pro-active she is looking forward to working with both our existing and prospective customers. Her aim is to use her expertise in tender submissions, PQQ’s and frameworks to build our customer base and source new clientele with whom we can build relationships.