Our Leadership Team
Tim Covic, Chief Executive Officer
Leading a team of 2000 people across the entire New Zealand landscape, CEO, Tim Covic aims to deliver market leading, customer led, security services. Differentiation, Customer Experience and Service Excellence.
Tim has worked 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, he has a proven track record of leading business development, transformation and integration in challenging environments.
Tim believes in doing what’s right, doing the hard not the easy. People matter most and everyone can contribute. Ethics, honesty and transparency are the pillars of that drives him both personally and professionally.
His educational background is a Bachelor in Management Studies and Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ).
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.
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.
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, National Manager MBIE MIQF (Managed Isolation Quarantine Facilities)
Nick’s secondment to this role sees him managing FIRST Security’s relationship with MBIE and ensuring our compliance with MOH and Govt requirements in keeping staff and guests of the MIQFs safe.
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.
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.
Stuart Walker – Southern Region Manager
Stuart Walker has been employed to fill the role of Southern Region Manager whilst Nick Gibbs’ is on secondment. Stuart comes with a diverse background including top end security consultancy, stakeholder relationship, and strong people management skills.
Responsible for all aspects of our operations across the South Island, Stuart is committed to building strong, cohesive teams and ensuring best practice processes are followed.
He will be working closely with the rest of the South Island team to deliver leading security solutions for our clients.
Scott LaFranchie, GM Marketing & Product
Scott is a marketer with a passion for innovation and technology. He's spent the last 13 years working in a variety of analyst, marketing, product and leadership roles across a range of industries from Law Enforcement to Telco and more recently Cyber security.
Scott loves being challenged and undertaking initiatives that change the market landscape and create amazing customer experiences.
Joining us right in the midst of Covid-19, Scott is proud to have joined a company providing such an essential service to our country.
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.
Michelle Thompson, National Human Resources Manager
Michelle’s passion for people has driven her to spend the past 14 years specialising in all aspects of Human Resources.
She has notable experience in strategic human resource planning, performance management, staffing & employment law.
Michelle’s career has been focussed on driving workplace culture through positive, proactive engagementwith employees at all levels of the business.
Her wide ranging skillset combined with her passion for people ensures the team and employees at First have the right support and advice.