About Us

Coliance is an IBM Gold Business Partner and reseller helping clients to move, transform and visualise their data. We do this through providing expert Integration, Managed File Transfer, API and Order Management services as well as software assets such as the Lightwell visibility portal and OMS testing framework. Since 2002, our experience and software assets, have been accelerating our clients’ projects and ensuring consistent and successful project delivery.


Our Executive team


In today’s complex and uncertain times it is vital to have partner organisations that can support your business requirements, act as a trusted advisor in their area of expertise and be willing to bring in 3rd parties, where requirements sit outside, this expertise. 

Our name speaks directly to this vision being a combination of Collaboration and Alliance = Coliance  

Marcus Langford

Marcus Langford

Managing Director

Marcus Langford is an experienced senior manager having held positions  as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Sales Manager in previous organisations, before joining Lightwell 14 months ago.

With over 30 years experience in the IT Industry, he has worked in pretty much every industry including Finance, Government and Distribution, which has given him a strong appreciation of the unique and sometimes similar challenges,  each sector faces.

When not working, he loves to spend time in his birth county of Devon watching “The Chiefs” beat Bath, Bristol and Gloucester at Rugby! or he can occasionally be found on a bike or Paddle board in the summertime.

Ian Wells


As Chairman of Coliance, Ian Wells oversees day-to-day business operations in addition to developing and shaping the company’s growth strategy and development initiatives. In 2013, Ian led and successfully completed the sale of Chase Consultancy Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2002, to Lightwell Inc (formerly Oxford Consulting Group). Following the sale, Ian continued as Managing Director EMEA, responsible for the running of Lightwell’s business unit outside of the US. Over the last 18 years Ian has been responsible for all aspects of the business at one time or another.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from Bournemouth University in Information Systems Management. Along with his wife Laura, Ian also has a strong passion for education and is majority shareholder and licensed operator of The Learning Centre – Private Schools in Peyia, Cyprus www.tlccyprus.com

Stuart Stirling

Professional Services Director

Stuart Stirling heads a team of consultants focused on delivering expertise in integration and commerce solutions, as well as providing world class support and managed services. 

He has 20 years of experience with the IBM Sterling product suite, starting out in the insurance industry before joining Chase Consultancy Ltd in 2007. Stuart joined Lightwell (then Oxford Consulting Group) in 2013 via the acquisition of Chase Consultancy Ltd. Stuart progressed from

Consultant through to Managing Consultant and then Integration Delivery Manager for the UK before holding his current position at Coliance. Stuart graduated from the University of Dundee with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and is a passionate football and tennis fan, as well as an avid traveller and lover of live music.

Chris Thorpe

Technical Director

As Technical Director Chris has a keen focus on systems and business integration ensuring our customers are informed of the changes in the industry and our team of consultants are ready to face the challenges our customers set for us and trust us to deliver. 

Chris graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2:2 Honours Degree in Information Technology. Working for Fisons Pharmaceuticals, Britannia Building Society and then Fine Décor in technical roles he gained a varied background. Joining first Sterling Commerce and then in a senior role for Chase Consultancy (acquired by Lightwell in 2013) he has over 25 years of experience in the field.

Chris has led and managed teams of consultants for almost all of the high-profile European accounts with Sterling Commerce before its acquisition by IBM. 

With Chase Consultancy / Lightwell he continued to advise and lead on key projects as a business partner for many of IBM Sterling key customers in the B2B, Managed Communication, Integration, Supply Chain space.


Our Brand

There’s a lot in a name and ours is special! Coliance is the sum of the words ‘collaboration and alliance’ = a collaborative alliance.

We believe it boldly communicates the highly collaborative way in which we conduct business and engage with our clients whilst embracing our core values.

Our Culture

Our flexibility and welcoming environment creates a culture in which our team bring out the very best in each other. We have a vibrant culture that boasts creativity and innovation. It’s key that our team is equipped, inspired, supported and excited about what we do. Because of this, they remain dedicated, motivated and pursue every opportunity.

Every day we work through complex challenges, develop new visions and concepts, and solve problems. We do this together and, in the process, we also have a lot of fun and have shared good times, in and out the office.

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