Key People


Simon Smith
Finance Director

Simon is the key shareholder within the company and looks after the financial, commercial and procurement aspects of the business. As head of the company he oversees strategic decisions with a view to increasing market share and profitability. Jointly with Charles he is responsible for the company’s Health, Safety, Environment and Employment policies and implementation. Simon recently joined the company in a full time capacity after handing the reins to Charles in December 2010 and they now work jointly progressing the family business.

Simon has over 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting within the Construction & Engineering sectors mainly holding Directorship and Senior Management positions. He has headed up major structural steel contracts as Project Accountant including Dartford Crossing, QE2 Bridge, Canary Wharf and the £250m Tsing Ma suspension bridge Hong Kong. He has also worked within the Oil Industry and held his last major position as a Finance Director for a £50m Construction Firm.

David Peat
Construction Manager

David joined Swale Valley Construction in 2014 as a key appointment to strengthen the Management Team. He offers a wealth of construction knowledge having previously held responsibility for construction activities across the Public and Private sectors including both Residential and Commercial.

David has worked at Senior Management level on several notable schemes for major regional and national contractors. David is responsible for overseeing operations and works closely with Charles during the process of attaining and reviewing new work. He works closely with the Site Management Teams to ensure that the projects are constructed in a safe environment, to an exceptional quality, on time and to budget.

Charles Smith
Development Director

Charles is responsible for the day to day business side of the company and oversees Development and pre-construction. He devotes a great deal of time working with Clients, Lawyers and Consultants to ensure that projects are developed to conform with the Client’s and End User’s needs. An essential part of this process is reviewing land availability, undertaking viability studies and residual valuations to access new sites. As well as the preconstruction aspects of the business Charles works alongside Simon in managing the business and implementing any key decisions.

Charles has a range of knowledge across the property sector from his time spent working within a firm of general practice surveyors across the North East and North Yorkshire regions and studying Estate Management at Northumbria University. He joined Swale Valley Construction in 2010 and has taken the company from a modest Development and Construction Company to where it is today.

Site Staff and Operatives

Further to our Key Management staff we have a range of site based staff and operatives. All our Site Managers hold the CITB SMSTS Certificate as minimum and our site Supervisors hold either the CITB SMSTS or SSSTS. All key personnel are qualified First Aiders and we are working towards all personnel being first aid trained as company policy. Further to this we are currently working with an external training provider to ensure all our staff hold the relevant CSCS and CPCS Cards to the standard which meets their role.