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Our History

Networks First was founded by Peter Titmus, Steve Niven, Derek Dale and Janet Kilminster in 1990 with funding from 3i, establishing its networking expertise as a 3Com Systems Integrator. Tom Mulvaney joined the management team in 1998 as Financial Controller.

Following the withdrawal of 3Com from the enterprise market Networks First adopted a multi-vendor approach expanding capabilities across the leading manufacturers and moved to become a channel centric business.

2004 saw the successful buyout of 3i and Networks First became a privately owned organisation.

In 2006 Networks First’s specialist Managed Services division was created delivering a proactive approach to network support services. The acquisition in 2007 of Access Network Services enhanced Networks First’s existing portfolio with additional voice and vendor capabilities, providing a converged service offering.

2007 also saw Networks First’s continued investment in the service delivery infrastructure, moving to new Head Office premises, home to the 24×7 Networks Operations Centre.

To be able to elevate the professional, managed and support services delivered, in 2011 a focused restructure and development of the service delivery team was undertaken. This strengthened the dedicated project delivery team and allowed the NOC to become a true ‘lights on’ fully manned 24×7 operation.

Understanding how advances in services, technology and solutions can benefit our partners is key to exceptional account management. In January 2014, Networks First launched its Sales Academy. A dedicated graduate training programme developing channel account managers of the future.

April 2014 brought about a redistribution of skills within the Networks First management team. Tom Mulvaney took the helm as Managing Director with Peter retaining his Chairman position.

Our Future

On taking up his new role, Tom set out his objectives for the future;

“Our business is about expertise and helping customers with our knowledge. Our commitment is to be delivering a range of services (Engineering, Professional, Managed and Support) for LAN, WAN, WLAN, VoIP and security through our partner base. We are looking to grow the business and focus in particular on network security with a managed service wrap.”
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