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


In 1983, after working on site for six years, Mike founded Corniche Construction and put into practice all the knowledge he learned ‘on the job’. Forty years have passed, and Corniche continues to flourish. Mike believes in building and maintaining relationships, taking pride in one’s work, competency, teamwork, working to exacting standards and meeting the clients’ expectations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders where he was a Trustee for six 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


Marc joined Corniche in 1991 shortly after completing a Joinery apprenticeship where he qualified at Advanced City and Guilds level. He has excelled in various roles at Corniche, starting with Foreman, General Foreman and Supervisor, before moving to the position of 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. Marc mainly concentrates on Education projects, an area in which he has vast experience, while his overall responsibilities include assisting in tendering, company growth, risk management and contract management.

Karl Wythe

Construction Manager

Karl’s an experienced 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 valuable insight 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.
Our sites are in excellent hands with Karl – he's trained in First Aid, Health and Safety, Manual Handling, Biohazards and has completed his SMSTS – which combined with his extensive experience, makes him perfect for managing day-to-day operations on the construction side of our business.

Anna Bataille

Health & Safety Manager

Anna’s career started at Westminster City Council, as a Technical Officer, where she gained an HNC via part-time study. Subsequently she worked for several Housing Associations and 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 employed full-time.
She has a pivotal role in our team, supporting the Business Development strategy and managing our Health & Safety Audits and Monitoring. She’s also committed to professional development with an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Contract Operations and SMSTS qualifications, as well as Level 5 Occupational Safety and Health and graduate membership to the Institute of Safety and Health.

Chris Smith

Purchasing & Works Manager

Chris has a degree. It’s not in construction, but his BSc Hons in Sports Science is a benefit to us in many ways as he has an excellent understanding of performance and teamwork. An enthusiastic learner, he has taken and passed an HNC in Construction Management and risen from labourer to Manager in just four years.

He has also attained his SMSTS and has completed the Chartered Membership Programme. He operates in a dual role for purchasing, assisting the Site Management team and QSs, as well as co-ordinating works primarily across our Education sites.

Martin Gilley

Senior Site Manager

Martin’s a knowledgeable Site Manager, with NVQ level 6 in site management and over 10 years in the role. A Plasterer by trade, he gained valuable people, organisation, budgeting, health, safety, and compliance experience as a Foreman before moving on to a site management position. He possesses a proven track record of completing projects in line with briefs, plans and specifications, and of course to the highest standard, making him a valuable member of our team.

Kamil Michalowski

Site Manager

Kamil is an asset, with many years’ experience in construction, both in the UK and his native Poland. He specialises in groundwork trades and demolition, but his natural aptitude in all-things construction and excellent organisational ability, as well as people skills, provide the perfect skillset for this role. He reliably keeps projects to deadline, within budget and on plan and his qualifications include SMSTS and NVQ level 4 site operations.

Scott Walker

Site Manager

Scott’s another of our respected Site Managers and graduated to this position after joining Corniche as a bricklayer. His track record of attention to detail and quality workmanship have proved essential to his role, and combined with his refurbishment and new build experience enable him to effectively keep projects on track. He is SMSTS qualified, has completed his NVQ level 3 in Bricklaying and plans to complete NVQ level 4 for Site Operations.