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Our Management

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Tim Covic
CEO, Consultant, CFO, Turn-around specialist, doer and still learning
Currently CEO of First Security guiding an amazing team of 1300 people across the entire New Zealand landscape to deliver market leading, customer led, security services. Differentiation, Customer Experience and Service Excellence, follow us to find out more.

I have enjoyed working in numerous industries across the globe, including Telecoms, Consulting, FMCG, Fire & Safety and now Security. Whether start-ups, midsize or global multi-billion-dollar organisations, I have been able to build a proven track record of leading business development, transformation and integration in challenging environments. I am a self-confessed techie. I built BT's first ever Customer Reporting System when I was just 27 and I still look to bring tech into every conversation.

I believe in doing what's right, doing the hard not the easy. I believe everyone can contribute. People matter most. Ethics, honesty and transparency are the pillars of my life and this drives me both personally and professionally.

My educational background is a Bachelor in Management Studies and Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ). After spending 22 years working around the world, I aim to bring the best of each country, each culture and each company to the place where I am now; but there's always more to learn. 

 
 
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.

 
 
Dwaine Scott
Central Regional Manager

Dwaine is an experienced General & Regional Manager with a passion for enhancing customer experience, improving employee culture, and growing organisations. 

He has an extensive background in the management of Service & Construction based organisations including Security, Elevators & Escalators, Automatic Doors, & Telecommunications. 

Constant improvement and effective change are key focus areas, as well as developing support and accountability to key identified areas.  Dwaine holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, Wellington.

 
 
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.