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Our Management


Tim Covic
Chief Executive Officer

​Tim is a senior executive leader with global experience. A highly accomplished, results driven management and finance executive, Tim has over 20 years of pro-active experience in transforming business operations in start-ups, midsize and global multi-billion-dollar organisations.

​Offering a blend of management and finance leadership backed by business consulting, technology and telecoms industry expertise, Tim has a proven track record of leading business development, transformation and integration in challenging environments, with excellent ability to lead and motivate staff. Tim joined FIRST in 2018.

Steven Sullivan
Chief Operating Officer

​Steve is a highly experienced security and business operations leader, with 30 years’ experience in the security industry. He joins us from Australia where, for the past five years he’s been General Manager – Regional Operations for Wilson Security, based in Melbourne.

​His career has been focused on leading highly-respected security organisations to improved services, unparalleled customer service and renewed success.  Steve considers himself to be a hands-on change strategist committed to creating long-term transformation in an organisation, be it through process improvements or cultural change.

Andrew Lum
Northern Regional Manager

​Andrew is a senior executive leader with global experience in strategic planning, business leadership, project management, business expansion especially in merger and acquisition, process improvements and profitability improvements.

​Andrew has managed teams in all areas of business increasing use of technology to improve productivity to increasing cash flow to assist business growth. Andrew is focused on business improvements by creating clear goals and ensuring that the teams are driven to achieve the results.

Bryce Tietjens
Central Regional Manager
Bryce is a highly experienced, strategically focused and commercially astute Executive. With an extensive background in facilities services with experience in building profitable business divisions and a proven track record of achieving results. He has a reputation for integrity, clear strategic vision and with positive business and client outcomes.

Bryce is renowned in the industry for successful initiatives, to improve operations, implement positive changes and drive outstanding results, and has lived and worked in Europe working for the world’s largest family owned Facilities Management Company.

Nick Gibbs
Southern Regional Manager
Nick has a wealth of experience across all aspects of the security industry, having initially got involved while studying at university in 2000. He has managed numerous key contracts for FIRST Security, and previously as a successful local business owner in Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.
Responsible for all aspects of our operations across the South Island, Nick is committed to building strong, cohesive teams and ensuring best practice processes are following. He is highly organised and always enthusiastic to help our clients get the most from their security services. This has resulted in Nick consistently delivering a high level of service while growing our South Island business. 

​Nick holds a Bachelors in Applied Science from Massey University and is currently completing a NZ Diploma in Security to further extend his security knowledge.

Perry Hobson
General Manager Finance

​Perry is a Chartered Accountant with a passion for leadership and people in ensuring a successful leading business. Perry has extensive finance experience in the Technology, Tourism, Telecommunications, FMCG and Hospitality industries over the last 20 years. Perry recently spent seven years in the UK, employed by some of the world’s largest global companies (Hewlett Packard, Electronic Data Systems, Energizer, Vodafone and Telefonica O2) in challenging senior roles. 

​Perry joins us from Kordia a leading Telco, Broadcasting and Cyber Security company after four years as their Financial Controller.

Brian Switalla
General Manager, Strategic Accounts
Brian is an experienced security professional who has worked throughout  New Zealand within the security industry since 1982.

Having extensive operational and managerial experience Brian is ideally suited for his role.
Ensuring the delivery of exceptional  levels of customer service whilst providing innovative solutions are key deliverables for Brian.

Responsible for the retention and organic growth of our national strategic accounts Brian holds The Professional Security Officers Certificate of Competence issued by The New Zealand Security Association.