Our People

Michael Smith FCIOB   MFPWS

Managing Director

After just six years in the industry Mike founded Corniche in 1983. He is the MD of an SME which puts into practice all the knowledge learned ‘on the job’ initially within the family firm, then branching out to other companies to develop and enhance his skills. Thirty four years on and the firm continues to grow and flourish. A member of the Chartered Institute of Builders, Mike was then awarded a Fellowship in 2015 and is now in his second term of office as a Trustee.

Mike is a strong believer in taking pride in one’s work, and believes that the Institute represents all that is necessary to emphasise this: education, support, supervision and a sense of belonging, all within a strong and transparent leadership. Mike is married with a string of children, both his and inherited who help inspire him and keep him working!

Marc Smith

Commercial Director

Marc joined Corniche in 1991 shortly after completing a joinery apprenticeship where he Qualified at Advanced City and Guilds level. Here he has stayed rising to Foreman, General Foreman, Supervisor and ultimately Contracts Director in 2000. Marc has obtained an NVQ level 7 in Construction Senior Management as well as SMSTS and C&G CAD level 3. His overall responsibilities include managing the Companies growth, Risk Management and Contract Management.

Neil Kelly ACIOB

Site Project / 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.  In 2009 he became an Associate Director on the basis of his seniority and tenacity as well as rewarding his commitment to training – a valuable asset to himself and the Company. He took his EPA route to obtain his ACIOB and has completed a SMSTS course.

Anna Bataille

Office Manager and Health and Safety

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 never left. She is now the Office Manager ensuring compliance and support . In addition to Contract Management she now co-ordinates the Training programme, Compliance and support to the Directors in delivery of the Business Development Strategy. She co-ordinates the Training Programme and carries out Health and Safety Audits and Monitoring.  She has an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Contract Operations and an SMSTS.

John Long

Site Manager

John started working for Corniche as a labourer and is one of our success stories in that he has risen from there in 2005 to Site Manager and has achieved an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Contract Operations. He runs the larger Projects with a firm hand but with a sympathetic understanding of the Client needs.

Gary Walker

Site Manager

Gary worked for Corniche some years ago as a tradesman but joined us as a Site Manager in 2014. He has worked for Higgs & Hill as a Trainee Site Engineer and then with a small Building Contractor where he completed his apprenticeship as a  bricklayer. He has run general Building projects in addition to sensitive Science Laboratories and Healthcare. His trade background gives him an edge in seeing issues before they happen and remedying in a practical way. He has taken the SMSTS course and is embarking on the NVQ route to Management qualification.

John Langford  MCIM

Business Development

John has worked for Corniche since his arrival from South Africa in 1998. Most of his life has been spent in Marketing, Sales and mentoring in various forms with good results. John is responsible for marketing and new clients liaison with relationship building his emphasis rather than cold selling reflecting the ethos of Corniche. He is also our ‘Tweeter’ and ‘Blogger’. John is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.