Cova Security Gates Ltd are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Wood to the Cova Security Gates team. Mark joins a growing commercial team, taking up a new and exciting role of Senior Sales and Marketing Manager. Mark brings a wealth of experience from across the perimeter security sector having worked with well-known and recognised perimeter security brands specialising in Hostile vehicle mitigation.
Nathan Jones, Commercial Director said, “It gives me great pleasure to introduce our new Senior Sales Manager, Mark Wood. We are delighted to welcome Mark to the team, bringing his wealth of knowledge that has been gained through 14 years in the industry. Great to have you with us, Mark.”
Getting to know Mark Wood…………
What attracted you to the perimeter security industry?
After an early career working in various roles for a Handrail and Balustrade subcontractor, and briefly as a QS for a local scaffolding company, I was lucky enough to be offered a position as Contracts Manager for Hill & Smith ltd. This role was overseeing the supply and installation of their HVM security product Bristorm. We supplied and installed product, in many sectors including Airport, Military, Data, Banking etc. This role developed over the years into a sales and commercial role as we began supplying outside the UK, developing new products and partnerships to match emerging markets across the world.
How long have you been in the perimeter security industry?
I started working for Hill & Smith in August 2008, 3 days after my daughter was born, I have remained in the industry ever since, working also at Highway Care Security, before starting at Cova Security gates in July 2022
Why did you come to work for Cova Security Gates?
The opportunity to work for the best gate manufacturer in the UK was an exciting prospect, their reputation inside the industry for quality and ingenuity is well known. Their longevity in business also speaks volumes for their adaptability in these changing times.
What are goals have you set yourself and Cova Security Gates?
Our sector has both large challenges and opportunities in the coming years, and I hope I will add to their already exception team, to help them continue to deliver success. We need to work on new ideas offering solutions with leading technology, as the automated gate and high security markets mature and develop. Whilst still listening to our customers and supplying the products and services needed to keep their people and places safe.
How do you see yourself helping clients with the challenges of the Protect Duty?
Depending on the final contents of the legislation, this could fundamentally change the way we look after the safety and security of people in our care. From Events, public spaces, and large organisations they will all need to take a new look at their risks, and the procedures and measures they use to mitigate those risks. It’s important that we in the industry ensure that our clients are aware of all the free, independent and qualified information that is available to them. Following the correct process in identifying risks and proportionate mitigation, will be even more important going forward. Jumping straight to buying and wearing a “hard hat”, isn’t necessarily the most appropriate measure.
Tell us one fact about you that would surprise us?
Like many people at my time of life, who start cycling again, maybe on a Mountain bike or Road bike. I’ve also started riding again, but my choice of cycle is a 80s BMX.
How can people contact you?
I’m based remotely in Shropshire but will be traveling around the country, so regardless of location, I’m happy to call by to discuss all things gates, and perimeter security. Coffee, lunch or evening beers are always on offer too.